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 6: Mapping Tinnitus in the Brain

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT: Phillip Gander, PhD TOPIC: Dr. Gander discusses how the brain makes sense of the tinnitus sound, from the perspective of cognitive neuroscience. He discusses his research, which includes use of psychophysics and neuroimaging, to explain how the brain processes the phantom tinnitus sound. Gander explains how progress in neuroscience is providing the knowledge to develop more effective treatments for tinnitus. He also elaborates on current obstacles in research and prospects for the future.

Podcast 7: 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 8: Breakthrough using Multisensory Stimulation to Reduce Tinnitus

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT: Susan Shore, PhD TOPIC: Dr. Shore discusses groundbreaking research in tinnitus treatment using bimodal stimulation. She heads the team of researchers at the University of Michigan, where it was discovered that ‘touch’-sensitive neurons in the auditory part 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.

Podcast 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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. 

Podcast 12: ATA Advocacy Efforts in Washington

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT: Deborah Outlaw, JD TOPIC: With decades dedicated to advocacy work on Capitol Hill, Deborah Outlaw provides in-depth insights into the challenges of securing increased federal funding for tinnitus research. She talks about her past and present activities on behalf of the American Tinnitus Association to bring tinnitus to the forefront of discussions with lawmakers. Outlaw also explains who the relevant players are and what ATA members can reasonably expect in the near- and short-term for increased federal funding of tinnitus research.

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.


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

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.

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.

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