Autifony have announced (pdf only) that their AUT00063 Phase II trial for tinnitus has been terminated due to lack of efficacy....
Thoughts and information on the latest in evidence-based tinnitus treatment.
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.
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:...
"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?"
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....
While we can't promise a tinnitus cure to everyone, it is looking like for the majority of people we can provide significant tinnitus suppression in the short term. Over the long term, we are finding that people need to use the treatment less and less frequency as it seems to retrain their brain to produce less tinnitus with regular use.
I have had some time now to get to know the SoundCure Serenade and what it can do. After being accredited as an expert provider, I had high hopes with my first two clients. I performed the hearing test that is part of the fitting protocol, then went on to do tinnitus pitch matching, tinnitus loudness matching, then threshold, loudness tolerance and loudness growth at the tinnitus pitch. What is interesting is that with both clients, their tinnitus loudness wasn't greatly above their hearing threshold, and this is a pattern that we see over and over again, even with people who have really severe tinnitus.
Many people ask themselves "Why have I got tinnitus?", "Why did it have to be me?", "Why don't other people hear these sounds?", "What is making this awful sound in my head?"
Research into the causes and mechanisms of tinnitus is still ongoing, and we are learning more and more about the hows and whys of tinnitus every day. It is a question that has puzzled philosophers and physicians since the time of Socrates, but we are very close to a cure, at least for some people....
Yesterday I saw a 24 year old lady, "E", for the second time regarding her tinnitus. She has been suffering tinnitus for nearly six months since a single visit to a nightclub. In the course of this time, although her hearing was normal, she had become more and more troubled by her tinnitus to the point where she would avoid noisy places, even aerobics classes, so as not to exacerbate her tinnitus. I have already commented on the dangers of the high noise levels in nightclubs - you can see that post here: Nightclubs high risk for recreational hearing damage and tinnitus. Read on to find out how her treatment went...
Scientists over at the University of Pittsbburgh (Pitt) School of Medicine have made a breakthrough in the search for a drug to prevent tinnitus after exposure to loud noise.
Thanos Tzounopoulos, Ph.D., associate professor and member of the auditory research group in the Department of Otolaryngology, Pitt School of Medicine says "There is no cure for it, and current therapies such as hearing aids don’t provide relief for many patients,” he said. “We hope that by identifying the underlying cause, we can develop effective interventions".
The team focused on the Dorsal Cochlear Nucleus (DCN), an area of the brain that is an important auditory centre. The DCN has been found in previous tinnitus research on mice to become hyperactive after exposure to loud noise, and fire off random signals even when no sound is present. The new research looked at a particular kind of potassium ion channel, called the KCNQ channel through which potassium ions travel into and out of cells. It turns out that the mice have hyperactive DCN cells because of a reduction in KCNQ potassium channel activity. Normally, these KCNQ channels would act to dampen down the excitability of DCN cells.
The London Tinnitus Treatment Clinic are proud to announce that we are now a SoundCure Certified Provider, and can assess and fit patients at our Harley Street consulting rooms. The recommended schedule includes an assessment & fitting, a follow-up after one week, a further follow-up after one month, and then every six months or as the patient requires.
So, who are SoundCure and what is different about their new device? Other tinnitus sound therapy devices were inspired by theories and then research was formulated to try to demonstrate their effectiveness. The Serenade® on the other hand is a medical device that was born out of research that started in 2006, when researchers at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) began working with a patient with a cochlear implant who was suffering from tinnitus. Traditional treatment approaches were attempted, but failed to provide relief. They then applied a pitch-matched amplitude modulated sound, at a comfortable loudness via the patient’s cochlear implant and discovered that this relieved the patient’s tinnitus–for the first time in two years, all he heard was a calming, pleasant tone produced by the low-rate stimulus. Transferring this technology from a cochlear implant to sounds anyone could hear led to the creation of S-Tones®, the foundation of the SoundCure Serenade® technology.
Prospective patients and sometimes their loved ones often ask me if there have been any effective new tinnitus treatments discovered in 2013, or even if there is a cure for tinnitus yet.
I have to say that 2013 has been a good year for new developments in tinnitus treatment. We have some good evidence on the effectiveness of existing treatments, and some very exciiting new developments that have emerged out of research within the last few years from the University of California.