Can this ‘matchbox’ cure my tinnitus?

The matchbox I was handed is a neuromodulator, which has been finely
calibrated to deliver sounds that match the frequency of my internal noises.
The device is regularly recalibrated as the pitch of these (hopefully) moves
down. How this might work to beat tinnitus is still not fully understood,
but the theory is that it will eventually retrain the brain to stop
generating phantom sounds.

Although further research is needed, the Tinnitus Clinic says there is
evidence that acoustic coordinated reset neuromodulation “significantly
reduces” symptoms in seven out of 10 sufferers.

So did it work for me? Over the next 18 months, I wore the device for between
four and six hours a day. Promisingly, my tinnitus pitch did start to get
lower – but then it would suddenly, and repeatedly, shoot back up to 9,000Hz
or beyond, meaning Williams had to recalibrate the device and start again.

Unfortunately, it turns out that I have what he called “waterbed tinnitus”. It
doesn’t stay put in one ear or the other, nor does it stay fixed at a
certain pitch or volume. In fact, Williams said he had rarely come across a
tinnitus as “malleable” as mine. It’s even possible that my tinnitus emits
noises of more than one pitch at the same time, all of which seems to defeat
treatment.

In the end, we gave up on acoustic coordinated reset neuromodulation – but by
way of compensation, I have become a subject of continued clinical
fascination, and there is now talk of a further short trial on my unusual
ears and brain in Germany. Mark Williams, meanwhile, is finalising a
scientific paper that he says will show the life-changing benefits that many
tinnitus sufferers have derived from the treatment. Too bad that, so far, it
hasn’t rung much of a bell for me.

www.thetinnitusclinic.co.uk

Article source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/10991934/Can-this-matchbox-cure-my-tinnitus.html

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Traditional Chinese Medicine could ease tinnitus

Tinnitus is commonly described as a ringing in the ears but some people also hear it as a roaring, clicking, hissing or buzzing.

For some it is a minor annoyance, for others it can interfere with sleep and grow to be a source of mental and emotional anguish.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, in particular, may bring substantial relief for those suffering from this condition.

Therapists at Care Cure clinics believe that there are five different energy imbalances, which can lead to the onset of tinnitus.

These imbalances are often related to certain meridian channels and, in particular, organs such as the liver and the kidneys.

Other causes stem from pressure in the inner ear, nerve damage in the neck and shoulder and brain dysfunction.

Practitioners at the clinics use traditional diagnosis methods (tongue and pulse) to determine what type of tinnitus you have and how best to treat it.

They then suggest a suitable treatment, which in many cases is a course of acupuncture, and can bring about substantial relief. They also treat anxiety, a regrettable side effect of tinnitus.

A free, no obligation consultation is available from your local Care Cure Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine clinic.

Clinics are located in Tuam, Galway City and Loughrea. Call (093) 24555 or (086) 0695397 for details.

Care Cure specialises in acupuncture, acupressure, cupping, massage and more.

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Will Brassington: People need to consider hearing aids



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How many people do you know with hearing loss? Chances are it could be more than you think.

I have recently been involved in writing a House of Lords’ commission report on hearing loss which looked at the scale of hearing problems in the UK. The figures it uncovered are striking.

There are an estimated ten million people in the UK with hearing loss – 16 per cent of the population. But by 2031 this is expected to rise to 14 million, or 20per cent.

Of those living with hearing loss today, six million could benefit from a hearing aid, yet only two million have them.

Aside from all the frustrating conversations with your partner, awkward chats in the pub and missed opportunities at work, the long-term impact of hearing loss on physical and mental health is an issue we can no longer ignore.

There are evidenced links between hearing loss and dementia, so early identification and management of hearing loss is crucial. Despite this, we found that, on average, it takes people ten years to seek help from the point when they first notice a problem with their hearing.

This could be for a variety of reasons, not least the stigma still attached to wearing a hearing aid. Traditionally associated with getting old, many people are reluctant to admit they have a problem. What we want to do is show people that hearing aids are not what they used to be – most are small, light-weight and often barely visible – and research shows that the age of people needing them is set to get lower.

Action on Hearing Loss estimates that there are four million young people at risk of hearing damage from amplified music from MP3 players and the like. Needing a hearing aid is no longer the preserve of the elderly.

Our work aims to ensure that society is better equipped to deal with hearing loss, to make access to hearing services easier, to better educate GPs and other health and social care professionals, and to ensure that the government publishes a longer-term strategy for dealing with the problem.

If you think you or a family member may have a hearing problem visit www.nuh.nhs.uk and searching for audiology. Alternatively you can call our audiology team at Ropewalk on 0115 919 4488.

Article source: http://www.nottinghampost.com/Brassington-People-need-consider-hearing-aids/story-21740287-detail/story.html

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ATA Names Recipients of 2014 Advanced Tinnitus Research Grants

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These studies have the potential to validate new pathways towards a cure.

Portland, OR (PRWEB) July 16, 2014

The American Tinnitus Association (ATA,) the world’s leading nonprofit membership organization for tinnitus patients and their supporters, is pleased to announce the recipients of its annual grants for tinnitus research. Each year ATA funds a select group of innovative research projects that improve understanding of tinnitus, develop better tinnitus treatments, and advance the search for an ultimate cure.

In 2014, ATA is funding three particularly promising research projects:

Role of the Cholinergic System in Modulation of Tinnitus

Primary Investigator: James Kaltenback, Ph.D., Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Dr. Kaltenback will use funding from ATA to explore three particularly promising chemical compounds as potential drug candidates, to target specific neural receptors related to the brain hyperactivity which underlies tinnitus. This work builds off of his previous research and could accelerate the development of commercially-available medications to silence tinnitus.

Tinnitus and Tonotopic Remapping of the Auditory Cortex

Primary Investigator: Pim Van Dijk, Ph.D., University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

Dr. Van Dijk is testing the theory that tinnitus is caused by tonotopic remapping—the organization of how particular sound frequencies are processed in different areas of the brain. Validating this concept will stimulate the development of treatments (such as new sound therapies) that aim to restore normal tonotopic representation and thereby resolve tinnitus.

Dissociating Mechanisms of Tinnitus Hyperacusis: A Survey Behavioral Study (Student Research)

Primary Investigator: Jenise Imani Chappell, University of Illinois at Urbana, Urbana, IL

Through a population survey and in-person patient testing, Ms. Chappell will determine whether tinnitus and hyperacusis (extreme sound sensitivity) share similar otoacoustic emission correlates. The goal is to identify appropriate clinical protocols for assisting patients with both conditions.

A full description of the funded research is available at: http://www.ata.org/research/ata-funded

“We are thrilled about the research we’re funding this year,” said Cara James, Executive Director of the American Tinnitus Association. “These studies will significantly improve our understanding of tinnitus as a neurological condition and have the potential to validate new pathways towards a cure. ATA is the only tinnitus patient-centered membership association directly funding research and we’re pleased to make such meaningful inroads in science.”

ATA’s grant process focuses on seed grants in the most innovative areas of tinnitus research, with the goal of establishing proof of concept. All research proposals measured against ATA’s “Roadmap for a Cure,” a progressive framework for how tinnitus research can best—and most rapidly—be used to achieve a definitive cure for tinnitus. The funding process is guided by the association’s Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Committee, composed of leading researchers and thought leaders in the field of tinnitus.

About the American Tinnitus Association

The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) is the nation’s foremost nonprofit organization committed to curing tinnitus. For over 40 years, ATA has helped patients understand and manage the “ringing in their ears” and raised resources for advanced tinnitus research. Since 1971, ATA has contributed nearly $ 6 million to medical research projects focused on curing tinnitus. For more information, please visit http://www.ata.org.

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ATA Names Recipients of 2014 Advanced Tinnitus Research Grants

ATA has announced $ 110,000 in total grant funding for three tinnitus research projects, including several studies that may ultimately lead to new treatments for tinnitus.

Portland, OR (PRWEB) July 16, 2014

The American Tinnitus Association (ATA,) the world’s leading nonprofit membership organization for tinnitus patients and their supporters, is pleased to announce the recipients of its annual grants for tinnitus research. Each year ATA funds a select group of innovative research projects that improve understanding of tinnitus, develop better tinnitus treatments, and advance the search for an ultimate cure.

In 2014, ATA is funding three particularly promising research projects:

Role of the Cholinergic System in Modulation of Tinnitus

Primary Investigator: James Kaltenback, Ph.D., Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Dr. Kaltenback will use funding from ATA to explore three particularly promising chemical compounds as potential drug candidates, to target specific neural receptors related to the brain hyperactivity which underlies tinnitus. This work builds off of his previous research and could accelerate the development of commercially-available medications to silence tinnitus.

Tinnitus and Tonotopic Remapping of the Auditory Cortex

Primary Investigator: Pim Van Dijk, Ph.D., University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

Dr. Van Dijk is testing the theory that tinnitus is caused by tonotopic remapping—the organization of how particular sound frequencies are processed in different areas of the brain. Validating this concept will stimulate the development of treatments (such as new sound therapies) that aim to restore normal tonotopic representation and thereby resolve tinnitus.

Dissociating Mechanisms of Tinnitus Hyperacusis: A Survey Behavioral Study (Student Research)

Primary Investigator: Jenise Imani Chappell, University of Illinois at Urbana, Urbana, IL

Through a population survey and in-person patient testing, Ms. Chappell will determine whether tinnitus and hyperacusis (extreme sound sensitivity) share similar otoacoustic emission correlates. The goal is to identify appropriate clinical protocols for assisting patients with both conditions.

A full description of the funded research is available at: http://www.ata.org/research/ata-funded

“We are thrilled about the research we’re funding this year,” said Cara James, Executive Director of the American Tinnitus Association. “These studies will significantly improve our understanding of tinnitus as a neurological condition and have the potential to validate new pathways towards a cure. ATA is the only tinnitus patient-centered membership association directly funding research and we’re pleased to make such meaningful inroads in science.”

ATA’s grant process focuses on seed grants in the most innovative areas of tinnitus research, with the goal of establishing proof of concept. All research proposals measured against ATA’s “Roadmap for a Cure,” a progressive framework for how tinnitus research can best—and most rapidly—be used to achieve a definitive cure for tinnitus. The funding process is guided by the association’s Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Committee, composed of leading researchers and thought leaders in the field of tinnitus.

About the American Tinnitus Association

The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) is the nation’s foremost nonprofit organization committed to curing tinnitus. For over 40 years, ATA has helped patients understand and manage the “ringing in their ears” and raised resources for advanced tinnitus research. Since 1971, ATA has contributed nearly $ 6 million to medical research projects focused on curing tinnitus. For more information, please visit http://www.ata.org.

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Charlotte Atkins: Hearing aid and cancer care bombshells will devastate NHS



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NORTH Staffordshire has been rocked by two health bombshells in recent months.

The first is that health chiefs in North Staffordshire are proposing that those classified as ‘hard-of-hearing’ should have to wait until they have ‘severe’ hearing loss before they qualify for free NHS hearing aids under cost cutting plans which blatantly target the older population.

The second bombshell is that these same health chiefs are banding together with the rest of Staffordshire to privatise cancer care and end of life care in the health service’s biggest ever outsourcing of services worth more than £1.2 billion.

Both devastating, unprecedented moves are a first for the National Health Service nationally and represent just the thin end of the wedge for patients throughout the country.

When Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron came to power in 2010 he did so on a manifesto which promised no reorganisation of the NHS. He immediately broke that promise and embarked on an unnecessary and wasteful £3 billion shake up.

This resulted in the creation of GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups which would supposedly buy those NHS services which GPs knew their patients needed. But the reality is that these CCGs are unaccountable bodies charged with cutting NHS services at the expense of those least able to protest.

They have no idea how to run the NHS so they are handing all decision making on cancer and end of life care to private profit-making companies and targeting the older population by cutting free NHS hearing aids.

North Staffordshire CCG held two so-called engagement events over its proposal to end NHS hearing aids for those with low to moderate hearing loss. Both meetings held in Newcastle and Leek were shambolic with those for whom the meetings were primarily designed struggling to hear because ‘caring’ health chiefs could not be bothered to ensure hearing loops were working effectively.

I attended the meeting in Leek at which every attempt was made to limit attendance. First, everyone had to pre register, then the venue was kept secret even though I discovered that rooms had already been booked at the district council offices.

To cap it all, they then emailed some who had registered on the day to say that they could not attend because the venue was full.

At the meeting itself, the CCG would not take questions from the floor and only presented its ‘evidence’ as to why it no longer wanted to fund NHS hearing aids after the meeting.

According to national charity Action on Hearing Loss, two thirds of people over 70 have mild to moderate hearing loss and the sooner those with hearing difficulties receive hearing aids the easier it is to adapt to them, avoiding the isolation, loneliness and mental and wider health problems deafness can bring.

We are facing a national epidemic of loneliness yet this uncaring CCG wants to deprive people of their right to communicate with the outside world. Private hearing aids cost anything from £500 to £3,000 per aid, well out of the reach of most pensioners. If this decision goes ahead it will be clear discrimination against older people.

Virgin, Care UK, Ramsay Health and other private firms are queuing up to bid for Staffordshire’s highly lucrative contract for cancer and end of life care. Our health chiefs are planning to hand over all decision making to these companies asking them to redesign the whole system not just provide a service.

The contracts up for grabs will last 10 years and will put profit not quality of care in the driving seat. Every family in Staffordshire will be affected and it won’t even bring value for money for the taxpayer.

In the U.S., where private companies dominate their insurance-based healthcare system, they have the most expensive health care in the world with one of the lowest life expectancies among developed countries.

How can we hold to account these health chiefs who are putting up our NHS for sale? The Health Secretary and the Department of Health are totally relaxed about who secures these contracts despite them delivering the most sensitive areas of NHS care.

These health chiefs have to present their intentions to Staffordshire County Council’s Healthy Staffordshire Scrutiny Committee on which I sit. But in reality they are a law unto themselves. The Conservatives have succeeded in creating an NHS which can be unpicked piece by piece and sold off. Only a change of Government will halt this process.

Charlotte Atkins sits on the County Council’s Healthy Staffordshire Scrutiny Committee. She was previously a member of the House of Commons Health Select Committee 2005-10.

Article source: http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/Charlotte-Atkins-Hearing-aid-cancer-care/story-21453729-detail/story.html

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Hamilton Relay Provides Relay and Captioned Telephone Service in Nevada

Through a competitive procurement process, Hamilton Relay, Aurora, Neb, is the new Telecommunications Relay and Captioned Telephone (CapTel®) service provider for Relay Nevada.

Relay Nevada, a program of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services – Aging and Disability Services Division, provides 24-hour service that enables individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking, to communicate with friends, family members, and businesses over the phone.

When a traditional relay call is placed through Relay Nevada, a relay operator (OPR) confidentially relays the conversation by voicing or typing what’s said between the relay user and the standard phone user. When using a captioned telephone, a screen on the phone displays word-for-word captions generated by the OPR through the use of voice recognition software. It allows users to listen while reading what’s being said during the conversation.

There is no cost to use Relay Nevada, although equipment and long distance charges may apply. Through Nevada’s Equipment Distribution Program, free telecommunications equipment is available for qualified Nevada residents. And anyone can initiate a call through Relay Nevada by simply dialing 711 in the state or the existing toll-free access number for specific relay services.

“We are excited for Nevadans to begin using the high-quality relay services provided by Hamilton Relay,” says Julie Balderson, relay administrator for the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. “Hamilton has a reputation for providing outstanding customer care and outreach, as well as great technical expertise in the features and services they provide. We are pleased to welcome Hamilton Relay to Nevada.”

“The opportunity to serve residents of Nevada is one we take on with great enthusiasm,” says Dixie Ziegler, vice president of Hamilton Relay. “Hamilton is committed to bringing the life-changing benefits that relay services provide to individuals across the state. In addition, we look forward to providing outreach programs designed to inform Nevada communities of the variety of services available.”

Source: Hamilton Relay

Article source: http://www.hearingreview.com/2014/07/hamilton-relay-awarded-contract-provide-relay-captioned-telephone-service-nevada/

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