Podcast

The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) is proud to share with you our podcast series, "Conversations in Tinnitus."

Conversations in Tinnitus Podcast"Conversations in Tinnitus" podcasts are hosted by audiologists John A. Coverstone, AuD, our podcast producer and Dean Flyger, AuD, a private practice audiologist in Paris, TX. Each podcast focuses on current issues, research, and treatment methods for people living with tinnitus.

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Podcast 9: Shared Decision-Making in Tinnitus Care

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT: Helen Pryce, MSc, PD (Health)

TOPIC: Dr. Pryce explains how healthcare providers can implement shared decision-making with tinnitus patients through use of the Tinnitus Care Options Grid, which was developed in the United Kingdom and presents evidence-based treatment choices. By empowering patients in conversations that weigh the pros and cons of each care option, Pryce believes patients are more likely to commit to a treatment plan that proves successful because it meets their needs and interests.

Podcast 10: Research on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Tinnitus Treatment

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT: Laurence McKenna, PhD

TOPIC: Dr. McKenna discusses recent research findings from his largescale study on the effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MBCT) for treating tinnitus. As a cognitive behavioral therapist, specializing in the psychological aspects of tinnitus and hearing loss, he offers unique insights into the challenges that patients face and best practices for treatment. He also elaborates on why he’s pushed for greater usage of MBCT for tinnitus treatment in recent years. 

Podcast 11: Habituation to Tinnitus Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT: Bruce Hubbard, PhD

TOPIC: For over 20 years, Dr. Hubbard has helped people improve their lives using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and relational therapy strategies. He explains how CBT and mindfulness are applied to treatment of tinnitus and what patients should expect in regard to habituation. Dr. Hubbard, who has tinnitus, also offers insights into using the internet and support systems to manage tinnitus distress.  

Podcast 12: Talking About Tinnitus with Children

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS: David Baguley, PhD, and Claire Benton, MSc

TOPIC: Dr. Baguley and Claire Benton discuss their efforts to educate parents, teachers, and healthcare providers on talking to children about tinnitus. The widespread misconception that children don’t have tinnitus has meant children suffer alone and miss critical opportunities for early intervention. They also discuss their research findings on the topic and tools to help children manage tinnitus. 

Episode 8, Part 2: Ototoxicity and Tinnitus

 Robert M. DiSogra, AuDDr. DiSogra continues his conversation on the topic of ototoxicity and tinnitus, helping the listener to anticipate potential problems related to certain drugs and what should be done if a medication seems to have triggered or aggravated tinnitus. He highlights resources and steps people should know to better manage tinnitus and other health issues that require medication. For practitioners, he discusses what should be considered when evaluating a patient whose tinnitus might be the result of ototoxicity, as well as ways to support patients so they have positive interactions and outcomes as they navigate the healthcare system. 

 

 

 

 

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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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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 former 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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