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Episode 8, Part 1: Over-The-Counter Medications for Tinnitus Relief

Robert M. DiSogra, AuD

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT: Robert M. DiSogra, AuD

In this podcast, Dr. DiSogra, an audiologist for 39 years and frequent lecturer on the topic of tinnitus and ototoxicity, reveals what every person with tinnitus and every hearing healthcare professional should know about this largely unregulated industry, issues with ingredients, and the efficacy of the products. Promises of relief and the desire to try anything to quiet the sound of tinnitus have fueled a lucrative market for over-the-counter dietary supplements, or nutraceuticals, aimed at the millions of Americans bothered by tinnitus.

 

 

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Episode 7: Breakthrough Using Multisensory Stimulation to Reduce Tinnitus

Susan ShoreSUBJECT MATTER EXPERT: Susan Shore, PhD

After 20 years of painstaking research, Dr. Shore made national headlines this year with groundbreaking research results that showed positive effects in tinnitus treatment using bimodal stimulation. She heads the team of researchers at the University of Michigan, where it was discovered that “touch”-sensitive (somatosensory) neurons in the auditory region of the brain become hyperactive and synchronized with each other in guinea pigs and humans with tinnitus. The team’s preliminary studies found that bimodal stimulation, which calms neurons using specially-timed multisensory stimulation, reduces tinnitus distress and loudness. In the fall, her team will begin the next phase of research, with the goal of replicating earlier results and gaining Food and Drug Administration approval for commercialization of the technique.

 

 

 

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Episode 6: Mapping Tinnitus in the Brain

Gander PodcastDr. Phillip Gander discusses his groundbreaking research mapping tinnitus in the brain during two different craniotomies. His research has added clarity to fMRI studies and theories on the different networks of brain that process the phantom sound/s of tinnitus. In addition to sharing unexpected things that happened during the research conducted while the patients were awake, he touches on how future research might be designed to track and compare changes in the brain of subjects with tinnitus, which could provide better understanding of subsets of tinnitus and why it affects people differently.

 

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Iowa '17 Presentation 2: Visual Snow and its Relationship to Tinnitus

Matthew Renze is data science consultant, author, and international public speaker, who also lives with a little-known condition called Visual Snow Syndrome, which often includes tinnitus. To shed light on the condition and raise research interest in it, Renze speaks at medical conferences, writes articles for peer-reviewed journals, and creates online videos to help others with Visual Snow Syndrome. The learn more about how Renze manages his condition and controls his tinnitus, watch his 20-minute presentation below.

Iowa ’17 Presentation 1: The Effectiveness of Hyperacusis Treatments

Formby Head ShotAs a Diamond Sponsor of The International Conference on Management of the Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Patient, the ATA is pleased to feature recordings of prominent experts in the fields of tinnitus research and treatment. The annual conference, which celebrated its 25th year under the direction of its founder, Dr. Richard Tyler, provides clinicians and patients with tinnitus and/or hyperacusis the opportunity to learn about current research and trends in care.

The 2017 keynote address was given by Dr. Craig Formby, Distinguished Graduate Research Professor at the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Alabama. In his presentation,

Episode 5 - Managing Meniere’s Disease and Tinnitus

Glenn SchweitzerOur 5th podcast features Glenn Schweitzer, a best-selling author and blogger on tinnitus and Meniere’s disease. Schweitzer was a college student when the sudden onset of Meniere’s disease destroyed his vision of having a productive life. He shares how this life-altering disease aggravated his tinnitus and necessitated a radical change in lifestyle, focus, and commitment to helping others with both conditions. Listeners will hear his story and what motivated him to become an advocate for greater awareness and help for those with bothersome tinnitus and Meniere’s disease. 

 

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Episode 4 Ringing Ears and the Neuroscience of Tinnitus

Larry RobertsOur 4th podcast features Dr. Larry Roberts, an emeritus professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Dr. Roberts discusses cutting-edge research in neuroscience that points to understanding possible causes of tinnitus, including cochlear pathology, hidden hearing loss at high frequencies, and synaptopathy. He also shares compelling findings on teenagers with tinnitus that suggest links to hyperacusis. Thoughts are shared on how recent research, in such areas as transcranial magnetic stimulation or procedures designed to harness neural plasticity, might be translated into clinical treatments.  

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Episode 3 - Neuromodulation to Suppress Tinnitus

Conversations in Tinnitus with Dr. Jinsheng Zhang.

Our third podcast features Dr. Jinsheng Zhang, professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Wayne State University and current chair of the ATA’s Scientific Advisory Committee. Dr. Zhang discusses his ongoing research into neuromodulation, which attempts to change through electrical and chemical modulation the abnormal firing pattern associated with tinnitus. It is hoped that this mechanism will suppress tinnitus for prolonged periods. Due to the advanced nature of the subject and speed of conversation, listeners are encouraged to utilize the accompanying transcript while listening. 

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Episode 2 - Training Clinicians in Tinnitus Care

Dr. Richard Tylker

Listen to Training Clinicians in Tinnitus Care – ATA’s second “Conversations in Tinnitus” podcast – that discusses the ongoing drive to educate audiologists and other health-care professionals in tinnitus treatment options, past and present research, and the importance of professional networking. Dr. Richard Tyler, our featured guest, also touches on his past research, obstacles to care, and his upcoming “Management of the Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Patient” conference at the University of Iowa, which runs June 15-16, 2017.

The 30-minute episode is a conversation with Dr. Richard Tyler, a well-known researcher and professor at the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. His international conference is an annual event, which is celebrating its 25th year.

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Episode 1 - The Journey of Tinnitus

Dr. BaguleyOur first guest is Dr. David Baguley, world reknown audiologist and professor of hearing science at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. Dr. Baguley is co-author of the recent book, “Living with Tinnitus.” He discusses the journey of a person with tinnitus from the moment they first hear troublesome tinnitus. The podcast also touches on current research and hope for future advancement in the search for a cure for tinnitus. 

 
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