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Posted by on in General
Autifony QUIET-1 Phase II Tinnitus Trial Terminated

 

Autifony have announced (pdf only) that their AUT00063 Phase II trial for tinnitus has been terminated due to lack of efficacy.

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ReSound LiNX Trial - UK Launch - For Free Demo Call 0203 397 9787 UK Coverage

My colleagues and I are excited due to today's launch of the ReSound LiNX "Made For iPhone" MFi hearing aid. Only two industry leaders like Apple and GN ReSound could have pulled off such a feat - seamlessly connecting an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with hearing aids without the need for any wires, headset or intermediate wireless streamer. That's right! You can now stream music, handsfree calls, or the soundtrack of your favourite movie from your iPhone directly to your hearing aids - as long as you are wearing a pair of ReSound LiNX, that is.

ReSound LiNX Features

Let's recap on what you can do with your ReSound LiNX:

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ReSound LiNX Hearing Aids Latest

ReSound LiNX Hearing Aids - The Latest

ReSound are launching their LiNX hearing aids across this evening and tomorrow morning in the UK. Why is there all this excitement about a hearing aid?

Made For iPhone

The ReSound LiNX is the first Made For iPhone, or MFi, hearing aid. It allows you to connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch directly to your hearing aid and listen to music, take a handsfree phone call, have a Facetime video call, or watch your favourite movie, all with the sound going wirelessly into your ears. There's no need for a separate bluetooth headset or intermediate necklace to go between the iPhone and the LiNX.

ReSound SMART App

Not only that, but with the SMART App, available from the App Store, allows you to adjust the volume and tone, and will even remember your favourite settings in different places using geo-tagging. For instance, when you go to your favourite restaurant or cafe, you might like to switch to the party setting, boost the treble and turn up the volume, but when you go to concerts at the Albert Hall, you might prefer the music setting, with the bass turned up and the volume turned down. The key is, that rather than having to wait for your Audiologist to adjust them for you, you can adjust your ReSound LiNX hearing aids to sound exactly the way you like.

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ReSound LiNX Review

I am very excited about the new ReSound LiNX, so let's review what we know about it...

MFi Made For iPhone Bluetooth Wireless

Probably the biggest feature is the ability of the ReSound LiNX to connect wirelessly using 2.4 GHz Bluetooth 4.0 with the iPhone (4S or newer), iPad (since March 2012), and iPod touch (5th generation or newer). Known as MFi, the combination of hardware and software allows the LiNX to connect to Apple devices as easily as a click, a sweep and a tap of the finger. Once connected, you will be able to listen to music in Hi Fi stereo, take handsfree phone calls, or watch your favourite TV show or movie online with the sound going wirelessly to your ears. With millions of apps on the App Store, the possibilities are endless!

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ReSound LiNX iPhone Compatible Hearing Aids Available Now - Book Your Demo Today on 0203 397 9787

ReSound LiNX iPhone Compatible Aid Available Now At London Hearing Aids

We are now booking in patients for demonstrations of the revolutionary ReSound LiNX 9 and ReSound LiNX 7. This new model range is a world first - the first "Made For iPhone" or MFi hearing aid. (See below for price)

It's Different To Everything That Has Come Before

Why is this model different? The ReSound LiNX can pair directly with the iPhone (4s or newer), and the new iPod touch and iPad. Previously, hearing aids from all manufacturers would need an intermediate device, worn either around the neck as a necklace, or clipped on to a lapel.

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Tinnitus Awareness Week 2014 Savings!

Tinnitus Awareness

To help raise awareness for the British Tinnitus Association's Tinnitus Awareness Week 2014 and raise funds for the charity, we are giving great discounts on tinnitus treatment devices. Tinnitus Awareness week runs between 3rd and 9th February.

Book Today!

Providing we receive your tinnitus assessment booking at our 10 Harley Street clinic on or before 9th February for any date during February, we will give the following discounts off tinnitus treatment devices:

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New year fireworks 2010

New year fireworks 2010 (Photo credit: obaejtareq)

Happy New Year 2014 Everyone!

On behalf of everyone at The London Tinnitus Treatment Clinic, I would like to wish all our patients, colleagues and friends a happy and healthy 2014 and I look forward to seeing you in the New Year Fireworks at The London Eye.

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A great question from the coping with tinnitus community
This weekend, Carmencita de la cerna asked a great question on the Coping With Tinnitus Google+ Group:
 
"Is there a cure for tinnitus? Or do we just have to bear with it? Audiologists say the noise is not in the ears, it's in your head. So what is really the truth?"
 
Here's my answer:
 
"Hi +carmencita de la cerna - those are some good questions there.
 
Firstly, is there a cure for tinnitus? The answer is strictly no at present, but as our understanding of the condition, and the different areas of the brain that are involved improves, we are getting very close.
 
The are some ongoing medical trials of drugs that can prevent noise-induced tinnitus. These work at the level of the brain-stem - currently the side effects are rather unpleasant, so research continues to try to find a variation of a drug that will have more acceptable side effects.
 
As for people who already have tinnitus, it used to be believed that tinnitus was produced in the ear, so many surgeons would cut the auditory (hearing) nerve. The trouble was that most patients still had tinnitus afterwards, so it couldn't have been coming from the ear.
 
The current theory with tinnitus is that it is a reaction in the auditory cortex in the brain to sensorineural hearing loss in the inner ear or auditory nerve. The neurons in the auditory cortex reorganise themselves to concentrate on frequency areas where stimulation from the cochlea still persists. It is usually in the cross-over area between good and bad hearing where tinnitus occurs, as the neuronal reorganisation is imperfect. However, patients with cochlear implants have found that amplitude modulated sound matched to the tinnitus pitch is very effective in retraining the auditory cortex to produce less and less tinnitus. The same effect can also be enjoyed by tinnitus sufferers who still have good hearing or who wear hearing aids.
 
This independent research on amplitude-modulated, pitch-matched tones conducted at the University of California, Irvine has led to a device called the Soundcure Serenade, which modulates the firing of neurons (neuromodulation) in the auditory cortex to reduce or eliminate tinnitus during treatment. Many patients within a very short time get complete relief from their tinnitus, while others get a significant reduction. Around 30% of patients will get limited or no relief from their tinnitus in the short term.
 
Another device, based on treatment for Parkinson's Syndrome, ANM's Acoustic Neuromodulation Coordinated Reset device claims to do a similar job to the SoundCure Serenade, and they are now paying Notiingham University to try to prove its effectiveness (in other words, the only current evidence is anecdotal). It is around double the price of the Serenade, but may help those who don't get relief from the Serenade. Every weapon in the war against tinnitus is welcome as it could potentially provide relief for a sufferer.

For those patients who don't get relief from traditional white noise maskers or neuromodulation devices, they will just have to "bear with it" as you say, but there's more to it than just telling them to "bear with it", "live with it" or just "get used to it". We can teach relaxation techniques, provide person-centered counselling, teach Mindfulness or give Hypnotherapy. All of these can be helpful for tinnitus sufferers to adjust to their condition. Quite often with some help they can accept their condition and move on with their lives."
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What is the evidence?

While I am researching tinnitus resources on the internet, one piece of advice seems to be almost universal - avoiding caffeine can help relieve tinnitus symptoms - sometimes it is expressed the other way round, i.e. caffeine can make tinnitus worse. However, what evidence is there to back up this advice? Indeed, do these people have any evidence to support what they're saying?

Truth is stranger than fiction

The truth may come as a surprise to you, but don't just take my word for it. I always try to be careful that any advice I give, or any treatment that I recommend, has good evidence to back it up. If the evidence isn't strong, or if I am giving my own opinion based on experience treating tinnitus patients, I will say so. However, the evidence on whether caffeine make tinnitus worse or not is now clear, thanks to Dr Lindsay St. Claire of the University of Bristol's Centre for Hearing and Balance Studies. That's why I tell people that they can carry on drinking tea and coffee, even though they have tinnitus. In fact, it looks like caffeine withdrawal is far worse for tinnitus than drinking moderate amounts of tea and coffee! You can read about a Dr St. Claire's research study here.

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Making SoundCure Serenade tinnitus treatment more affordable

"Peace on earth, and tinnitus relief to all men (and women)"

At The London Tinnitus Treatment Clinic, we want to treat as many people as possible this holiday season - both by treating their tinnitus, and by treating them to a whopping £400 off the price of the SoundCure Serenade: Giving The Gift of Peace - £400 off Soundcure Serenade

The Serenade, normally £2395, is already around half the price of other leading neuromodulation tinnitus treatments out there, but now with the £400 discount it is considerably more affordable, bringing this kind of treatment below the £2,000 mark for the first time on Harley Street.

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