Higher Caffeine Intake Tied to Lower Incidence of Tinnitus

Higher caffeine intake is tied to a lower risk of tinnitus in women, according to a study published in the August issue of The American Journal of Medicine.

MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Higher caffeine intake is tied to a lower risk of tinnitus in women, according to a study published in the August issue of The American Journal of Medicine.

Jordan T. Glicksman, M.D., M.P.H., from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, and colleagues evaluated data from 65,085 women (mean age, 36.3 years) participating in the Nurses’ Health Study II without tinnitus at baseline in 1991. Participants completed lifestyle and medical history questionnaires every two years and food frequency questionnaires every four years. Tinnitus status was obtained in 2009.

The researchers found that mean caffeine intake was 242.3 mg/day. There were 5,289 incident cases of tinnitus reported over 18 years of follow-up. Caffeine intake and the incidence of tinnitus had a significant inverse association. The multivariable adjusted hazard ratios were 0.85 for those who consumed 450 to 599 mg/day and 0.79 for those who consumed 600 mg/day or more, compared to women with intake less than 150 mg/day (equivalent to one 8-ounce cup of coffee).

“In this prospective study, higher caffeine intake was associated with a lower risk of incident tinnitus in women,” the authors write.

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Study Ties Intake of Coffee to Lower Incidence of Tinnitus

Study Ties Intake of Coffee to Lower Incidence of Tinnitus

Higher intake of caffeine in women is linked to lower rates of tinnitus – the buzzing or ringing sound in the ear that people experience in the absence of any sound from an outside source.

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Tinnitus is a common problem that affects 1 in every 5 people.  It is not a condition, but a symptom of underlying condition like age-related loss of hearing, ear injury or circulatory system disorder. Although it is not a serious problem, it worsens with age. Symptoms include phantom noises such as ringing, buzzing, roaring, clicking and hissing. When only the person can hear the sounds, it is called subjective tinnitus; and when the doctors can hear the sounds as well during examination, it is objective tinnitus – according to Mayo Clinic.

For millions of Americans kick-starting the day with a cup of coffee is a ritual. It is estimated that Americans drink nearly 400 million cups of coffee a day. Caffeine’s jolt does more than just keep you awake. The new study led by researchers at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) found that younger and middle-aged women with higher intake of caffeine had a lower incidence of unexplained ear buzzing.

The finding is based on the analysis of 65,000 women in the Nurses Health Study II. The researchers tracked the self-reported results regarding lifestyle and medical history from these women, aged between 33-44 years. None of them had tinnitus in 1991. Using questionnaire answered in 2009, researchers obtained data on self-reported tinnitus and date of onset, with cases of women reporting symptoms “a few days/weeks” or “daily”. They were followed for 18 years and at the end, 5,289 cases were identified.

“We observed a significant inverse association between caffeine intake and the incidence of tinnitus among these women,” said Gary Curhan, MD, ScD, senior author of the paper and a physician-researcher in the Channing Division of Network Medicine at BWH and Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School.

When compared to women who consume caffeine less than 150 mg/day, it was found that the incidence of the tinnitus was 15 percent lower among women who consumed 450-599 mg/day of caffeine. The majority of caffeine consumed was coffee and the results did not vary by age.

“The reason behind this observed association is unclear,” said Curhan. “We know that caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, and previous research has demonstrated that caffeine has a direct effect on the inner ear in both bench science and animal studies. Researchers note that further evidence is needed to make any recommendations about whether the addition of caffeine would improve tinnitus symptoms.”

The study was documented in American Journal of Medicine.

Article source: http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/16506/20140808/study-ties-intake-of-coffee-to-lower-incidence-of-tinnitus.htm

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Child Hears Sound in First FDA-Approved Clinical Trial of ABI in the US

A team of scientists and surgeons from Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC), Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), and Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI) report that has sound registered in the brain of a deaf Canadian boy for the first time. This was after doctors activated a hearing device that had been surgically implanted in his brainstem.
The child, three-year-old Auguste Majkowski, is the first child in the United States to undergo an auditory brainstem implant (ABI) surgery in an FDA-approved trial supported by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical trial grant.

On June 12, six weeks after surgery at CHLA, the device was activated with positive results at the Department of Otolaryngology-Head Neck Surgery clinic at Keck Medicine of USC.
 “It was magical,” says Sophie Gareau, Auguste’s mother. “He’s a tough kid.”


Auguste Majkowski at the USC Center for Childhood Communication. Photos courtesy Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Auguste’s surgery, device activation, and future behavioral study are part of a 5-year clinical trial in which 10 devices will be implanted in deaf children under the age of 5 and studied over the course of three years. The Los Angeles study, co-led by audiologist Laurie Eisenberg, PhD, and surgeon Eric Wilkinson, MD, is the only in the United States to be supported by the NIH.

“Our Los Angeles-based team has been at the forefront of ABI technology development since it came into use in the late 1970s for adults, so it is especially gratifying to help break the ‘sound barrier’ once again; this time, for children who previously could not hear,” says Eisenberg, a Keck School of Medicine of USC otolaryngology professor. “Surgeons outside the United States have been doing ABI surgeries in children for 10 years, but there has never been a formal safety or feasibility study under regulatory oversight. Our team is writing the manuals for all the procedures for this technology, and we have a top-notch multidisciplinary team in place to carry out the research.”

The surgical team that performed the operation at Children’s Hospital included Wilkinson, HMRI research scientist and neurotologist at House Clinic; HMRI research scientist and House Clinic neurosurgeon Marc Schwartz, MD, and pediatric neurosurgeon Mark D. Krieger, MD, Billy and Audrey Wilder chair, Division of Neurosurgery at CHLA. Attending the surgery was also Vittorio Colletti, MD, of the University of Verona Hospital, Verona, Italy, who has performed the most ABI surgeries on children overseas and is a collaborator on the study.

The study’s goal is to establish safety and efficacy protocols for the surgery and subsequent behavioral mapping procedures that doctors in the United States can then later utilize once the surgery is approved for children in the US.
 “Hundreds of children in the US can benefit from ABI surgery,” says Krieger, who also is associate professor of clinical neurological surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “These children would otherwise never hear or develop verbal speech in their lives.”

Auguste was the first child accepted into the Los Angeles study. Thirty-six days after the May 6 surgery at CHLA, his parents watched as audiologists Margaret Winter, MS, and Jamie Glater, AuD, from the USC Center for Childhood Communication, activated the device implanted in Auguste’s brainstem. When Winter delivered tiny pulses of electric current to the electrodes in his brain, the toddler lifted his head indicating he heard a sound.

Auguste has been deaf since birth. At 22 months, he underwent a bilateral cochlear implant, which uses electrodes to stimulate auditory nerves, but the device didn’t help him hear because he doesn’t have a cochlear nerve. Auguste traveled with his parents, Sophie and Christophe, from Montreal to Los Angeles to participate in the clinical trial. The NIH grant covers the costs of the device, procedure and subsequent testing. To qualify for participation, patients must show that standard treatment such as hearing aids and cochlear implants have been ineffective.

During the 6-hour surgery doctors made an incision by Auguste’s right ear and removed his right cochlear implant before implanting the ABI device on his brainstem. The ABI device has external and internal parts. The external parts, which consist of a processor with a microphone and transmitter, transform sound into electrical signals and transmit the signals to an internal receiver that is part of the electrode array. The electrode array is placed on the cochlear nucleus of the brainstem. The procedure is considered revolutionary because it stimulates neurons directly at the human brainstem, bypassing the inner ear entirely.

The young children who had ABIs implanted outside the United States now have the potential to understand speech, but, in the United States, the device is FDA-approved for use only in patients 12 years or older with neurofibromatosis type II, an inherited disease that causes a non-malignant brain tumor on the hearing nerve. It has shown limited effectiveness in adults, however, and scientists believe that the device would be more effective in young children, when their brains are more adaptable. The clinical trial will attempt to prove that this surgery is safe in young children and allow researchers to study how the brain develops over time and how it learns to hear sound and develop speech.

“The children in this study are under 5 years of age,” says Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Robert V. Shannon, PhD, an investigator for the trial and leading scientist in the development of ABI technology since 1989. “When a child is born, their ear is hard-wired for sound but the brain has to learn how to perceive sound and speech from the information coming up the hearing pathway. If the ear is not providing sound information to the brain, the hearing part of the brain doesn’t develop properly. The ABI provides sound to these pathways so they grow and develop with the child.”

After the devices are implanted, the Los Angeles-based researchers will study how the brain develops over time as it incorporates sound and speech. If the clinical trial is successful, children across the United States will be able to benefit from surgical and audiology techniques and safety and efficacy protocols developed in the study.

Source: Keck Medicine of USC

Read more about this clinical trial and the ABI procedure here:




Article source: http://www.hearingreview.com/2014/08/child-hears-sound-first-fda-approved-clinical-trial-abi/

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New Jersey Boy Starts Lemonade Stand In Hopes Of Buying Hearing Aids


A 9-year-old New Jersey boy is making quite a name for himself in his community because of his very profitable lemonade stand.

The money is for him, but he’s not saving up for a new video game, instead, he launched a lemonade stand in hopes of raising enough money to buy new hearing aids.

Logan Phelps has been wearing hearing aids since he was 5-year-old and they need to be replaced. The hearing aids are expensive, costing 3-6 thousand dollars, and insurance only covers a very small amount.

Logan is one of five children and his family’s finances are tight, so Logan decided to take matters into his own hands.

“I really didn’t expect this many people to come,” he said.

Turns out, people are coming out in large numbers, by car, on foot, on skateboards, scooters, and even the UPS driver has stopped by for a cup.

“I expected probably 20 dollars a day, then it went up,” said Logan.

Thanks to the generosity of friends, neighbors and perfect strangers, who heard about Logan’s efforts to raise money for a new pair of hearing aids.

Logan’s mother, Kim, thought it would take at least a year to raise the much needed money.

“We started selling lemonade and then it got bigger and more people started to ask if they could come, and you know, every day it’s getting bigger and bigger,” she said.

The police department chipped in, along with the fire department and the Rolling Badges Motorcycle Club who stopped by with a check for $ 525.

“And of course like every time I’m crying and tearing up,” his mother said.”I really never thought this was going to happen. I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

The family has an appointment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia next month to get fitted for the hearing aids and Logan can’t wait.

“It would mean a lot because without these hearing aids I wouldn’t be able to hear anything. And I just like to hear,” he said.

Between his lemonade stand and donations, Logan has raised close to $ 4,000. If there’s any money left over, the family plans to pay it forward. They want to help a little girl in a nearby community that needs a hand paying for her hearing aids as well.

If you’d like more information on Logan’s lemonade stand or if you want to make a donation, please visit Love For Logan Phelps.

Article source: http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/26168308/boy

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Siemens to mandate banks for hearing aids flotation soon – CEO

FRANKFURT, July 31 (Reuters) – Siemens expects to
pick investment banks for the flotation of its hearing aids
business soon, its chief executive said on Thursday after the
German engineering group published quarterly financial results.

“We will mandate investment banks in the coming days and
weeks to start the so-called beauty contest. We will choose two
or three banks and then initiate the process, the way that
Siemens did with Osram,” Chief Executive Joe Kaeser told
journalists during a conference.

He said Siemens had not yet decided whether to divest the
unit via an initial public offering or a spin-off.

(Reporting by Maria Sheahan; Editing by Jonathan Gould)

Article source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/31/siemens-results-idUSL6N0Q634C20140731

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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

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.


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.

Article source: http://www.advertiser.ie/mayo/article/71205/traditional-chinese-medicine-could-ease-tinnitus

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