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What About Failed Drug Treatments for Tinnitus?

Written by AudioNotch Team on December 31, 2013

One of the issues plaguing scientific research is the tendency to avoid publishing negative study results – i.e. if something DIDN’T work, people are far less prone to publish a scientific paper about it. That’s why it’s heartening to see research like this, on why L-baclofen doesn’t appear to work in animal models of tinnitus:
Subjective tinnitus is a chronic neurological disorder in which phantom sounds are perceived. Recent evidence supports the hypothesis that tinnitus is related to neuronal hyperactivity in auditory brain regions, and consequently drugs that increase GABAergic neurotransmission in the CNS, such as the GABAB receptor agonist L-baclofen, may … Continue Reading

Childhood Tinnitus: What Do We Know

Written by AudioNotch Team on December 26, 2013

Categories: Tinnitus Research

Childhood tinntius is less common than tinnitus among adults. … Continue Reading

A story from an AudioNotch User

Written by AudioNotch Team on December 24, 2013

Categories: Treatment Review

We love to publish stories from AudioNotch users who have had their tinnitus volume reduced with AudioNotch. Here’s one from a senior user of ours who asked that his name be redacted:

A little history.

My tinnitus came on like a loaded freight train.   In one day it came on full strength, no warnings, no gradual increase in noise, nothing.

Remember the door bell alarm at grandma’s house, the double bell with a single clanger in the middle, usually up on the wall in the
hallway half way between the front door and the kitchen?  Well, the intensity is the same … Continue Reading

AudioNotch Review & Success Rate Data – One Month and Two Month Surveys

Written by AudioNotch Team on December 20, 2013

For a long time, our users have asked us about the success rate of AudioNotch. And for a long time, we’d told them the truth: we don’t actually have this data, because not enough people respond to our internal surveys about the efficacy of our tinnitus treatment. Basically, a small percentage of our users respond to our automated feedback surveys, which are sent at one and two month intervals after purchase. So really, we only have a partial understanding of the data on our actual success rate.

However, we believe in allowing users to make an informed decision about whether to purchase a … Continue Reading

Chronic Tinnitus Treated with Drug in Animals

Written by AudioNotch Team on December 19, 2013

Animal models have proven to be a fruitful avenue of research for tinnitus treatment (and I say fruitful in the sense that we’ve learned things – there aren’t currently any tinnitus specific drugs that have made it to market for chronic tinnitus). Many of these drug treatments have focused on drugs for acute onset tinnitus – basically, anything that is protective to the sound detecting cells in the inner ear. The military has trialed N-acetylcysteine in humans, for example.

However, drug therapies for chronic tinnitus are harder to come by. That’s why research that looks for such agents is so … Continue Reading

Tinnitus Increasingly Common Among Young People in the Developed World

Written by AudioNotch Team on December 17, 2013

Categories: Hearing

A study in Belgium has validated what many of us have observed – young people aren’t taking care of their hearing:
Annick Gilles, research audiologist at the University Hospital of Antwerp, who is doing her doctoral research about tinnitus has discovered that it is increasingly common among young people in Belgium.

Tinnitus occurs in all walks of life. In adults the prevalence is around fifteen percent, and probably even higher for those in the music industry. Gilles has done a large-scale epidemiological survey among 4,000 young people aged 14 to 25. 85 percent of young people have after noise exposure suffer … Continue Reading

Summary of AudioNotch Guest Posts

Written by AudioNotch Team on December 12, 2013

Categories: Announcement

AudioNotch has been busy at work guest-posting on other blogs. Check out some of our informative posts below:

  1. Tinnitus Treatment Options on DJ Tech Tools
  2. Seniors and Tinnitus on The Words of Wisdom Blog

UK Professor Discusses Tinnitus Treatment Options

Written by AudioNotch Team on December 10, 2013


A professor in the UK has discussed some of the challenges in providing comprehensive tinnitus care to patients:
Professor Berthold Langguth, a leading researcher on tinnitus, visited Gibraltar this week to give a series of lectures and advise the health sector on tinnitus.

In an interview with the Chronicle Professor Langguth spoke about the need to establish an effective organisational framework for tinnitus patients as well as spreading awareness. 

“It can be a really disabling condition and the treatment options are still very limited.”

He said that one patient from Gibraltar flew to Germany for tinnitus treatment and visited his clinic, subsequently keeping in … Continue Reading

Promising Early Results for Vagal Nerve Therapy for Tinnitus

Written by AudioNotch Team on December 05, 2013

Categories: Tinnitus Research

Encouraging results have been reported in a small trial of vagal nerve therapy for tinnitus:
UT Dallas researchers have demonstrated that treating tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, using vagus nerve stimulation-tone therapy is safe and brought significant improvement to some of the participants in a small clinical trial.

Drs. Sven Vanneste and Michael Kilgard of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences used a new method pairing vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) with auditory tones to alleviate the symptoms of chronic tinnitus. Their results were published on Nov.  20 in the journal Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface.

VNS is an FDA-approved method for … Continue Reading