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The American Tinnitus Association (by far the leading nonprofit group with respect to tinnitus advocacy) continues to promote awareness of this condition by organizing events in the United States. From a press release on the subject:
PORTLAND, Ore., April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) announced today that National Tinnitus Awareness Week (TAW) will be celebrated May 19 – 25, 2013. This year, ATA is saluting members of the United States military and all our veterans who have selflessly served, because they suffer from tinnitus disproportionately from the rest of the civilian population. For the past five years, …
Interesting news on new tinnitus therapy research: a study has been approved in Texas to test the efficacy of vagal nerve therapy (which we’ve written about before) with respect to tinnitus treatment.
The therapeutic approach developed at UT Dallas pairs audible tones with brief pulses of electrical stimulation to the vagus nerve. Preclinical tests demonstrated that this approach “rewires” damaged brain circuitry associated with tinnitus, potentially yielding long-term reversal of symptoms. No device-related adverse events were seen in the initial human safety study conducted in Belgium, and the initial results were encouraging.*
Vagal Nerve Therapy is one of …
There’s a great deal of noise exposure in certain lines of work. Unsurprisingly, a lot of anecdotal evidence suggests an increased risk of tinnitus among airline pilots. Pilots are routinely exposed to extremely loud noise from the function of their aircraft engines. As such, they often suffer noise induced hearing loss, and consequent to this hearing loss, oftentimes develop tinnitus in the frequency spectrum of hearing loss. Despite efforts to protect the hearing of pilots, these efforts appear to be largely unsuccessful. A study confirms the association between being a pilot and acquiring tinnitus:
Frequent or constant tinnitus can …
Although AudioNotch is an independent and academically unaffiliated corporation, we’re in contact with the authors of the Notched White Noise paper, which you can check out in our science section.
They’ve given us permission to publish some of the communication that’s occurred to us, some of which is relevant to Notched Sound Therapy users here at AudioNotch:
Let me introduce first .. I’m Marco (Lugli), first author of the paper of the Windowed Sound Therapy. I must congratulate you for your website ‘AudioNotch’ for the treatment of tinnitus (something that we would have liked to do long time ago). …
For some individuals, it appears as if tinnitus can precipitate some very serious mental illnesses such as severe depression, which may unfortunately culminate in suicide:
Of 9,000 patients who have come to the tinnitus clinic at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, clinic director Billy Martin said he was aware of eight who committed suicide. Most of the patients show up with insomnia, anxiety and depression, along with their tinnitus.
“The combination is extremely difficult to deal with,” he said. “The load this places on people is beyond what any human was designed to endure.”
This combination of …
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Add another casualty to the list of musicians felled by tinnitus secondary to noise-induced hearing loss:
Noel Gallagher has revealed that he is suffering from tinnitus, having recently being diagnosed with the condition by doctors.
The condition, which is characterised by ringing in the ears in the absence of external sound, affects a number of musicians with loud music often causing damage over a number of years. Both Chris Martin of Coldplay and The Who’s Pete Townshend are sufferers.
There’s also an interesting part of the interview where he talks about being diagnosed with the aid of brain imaging …