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COVID-19 is making tinnitus worse -- new study
New research reveals that tinnitus, a common condition that causes the perception of noise in the ear and head, is being exacerbated by COVID-19. The study, which involved 3,103 participants from 48 countries, found that 40% of those displaying symptoms of COVID-19 simultaneously experience a worsening of their tinnitus. It also found that a large proportion of people believe their tinnitus is being made worse by social distancing measures introduced to help control the virus. (2020-11-05)

New research could help millions who suffer from 'ringing in the ears'
In the largest clinical trial of its kind, researchers show that combining sound and electrical stimulation of the tongue can significantly reduce tinnitus, commonly described as 'ringing in the ears.' They also found that therapeutic effects can be sustained for up to 12 months post-treatment. (2020-10-15)

First reported UK case of sudden permanent hearing loss linked to COVID-19
Although uncommon, sudden permanent hearing loss seems to be linked to COVID-19 infection in some people, warn doctors, reporting the first UK case in the journal BMJ Case Reports. (2020-10-13)

Sensory device stimulates ears and tongue to treat tinnitus in large trial
A device that stimulates the ears and tongue substantially reduced the severity of tinnitus symptoms in 326 patients for as long as 1 year, while achieving high patient satisfaction and adherence. (2020-10-07)

Opioid use can trigger deafness
Opioid use, particularly in high doses, can cause deafness, according to Rutgers researchers. The study, published in The Journal of Medical Toxicology, reviewed records from the New Jersey Poison Control Center, based at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, from 1999 to 2018 to determine the association between opioid use and degrees of hearing loss. (2020-08-17)

Advanced X-ray technology tells us more about Ménière's disease
The organ of balance in the inner ear is surrounded by the hardest bone in the body. Using synchrotron X-rays, researchers at Uppsala University have discovered a drainage system that may be assumed to play a major role in the onset of Ménière's disease, a common and troublesome disorder. These results are published in the journal Scientific Reports. (2020-05-19)

Ear's inner secrets revealed with new technology
What does it actually look like deep inside our ears? This has been very difficult to study as the inner ear is protected by the hardest bone in the body. But with the help of synchrotron X-rays, it is now possible to depict details inside the ear three-dimensionally. Together with Canadian colleagues, researchers from Uppsala University have used the method to map the blood vessels of the inner ear. (2020-04-09)

Migraine prevention in children and adolescents
Two medicines already used to prevent migraine in adults also showed efficacy in adolescents with migraine. Cinnarizine and Sodium Valproate were more efficacious than placebo, with larger effects observed for cinnarizine. (2019-12-10)

Musicians at serious risk of tinnitus, researchers show
People working in the music industry are nearly twice as likely to develop tinnitus as people working in quieter occupations, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Manchester. (2019-11-20)

Deep brain stimulation for refractory severe tinnitus
Researchers investigated the safety and efficacy of deep brain stimulation in the treatment of refractory severe tinnitus in a small group of patients. They found the procedure to be safe and the results to be encouraging. (2019-09-24)

Parents' mental illness increases suicide risk in adults with tinnitus, hyperacusis
A study is the first to examine the relationship between parental mental illness like anxiety and depression in childhood and the risk of suicide and self-harm in adults who suffer from tinnitus, noise or ringing in the ears, and hyperacusis, extreme sensitivity to noise. Results show that among patients seeking help for these debilitating hearing disorders, poor mental health in their parents was associated with suicide and self-harm risks across the life span in addition to their own current depression level. (2019-07-31)

Reducing brain inflammation could treat tinnitus and other hearing loss-related disorders
Inflammation in a sound-processing region of the brain mediates ringing in the ears in mice that have noise-induced hearing loss, according to a study publishing June 18, 2019, in the open-access journal PLOS Biology by Shaowen Bao of the University of Arizona, and colleagues. (2019-06-18)

Severe tinnitus associated with suicide attempts in women
Previously, severe ringing in the ears (tinnitus) has been associated with depression and anxiety, and a 2016 study reported an association with increased risk of suicide attempts. This study used responses to a questionnaire from about 72,000 adults in Sweden to examine whether an association with increased risk of suicide attempts might be different between men and women. (2019-05-02)

Therapy could improve and prolong sight in those suffering vision loss
Ganglion cells in the eye generate noise as the light-sensitive photoreceptors die in diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa. Now, UC Berkeley neurobiologists have found a drug and gene therapy that can tamp down the noise, improving sight in mice with RP. These therapies could potentially extend the period of useful vision in those with degenerative eye diseases, including, perhaps, age-related macular degeneration. (2019-03-13)

University of Miami medical team reports acute findings from Havana embassy phenomenon
A team of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine faculty, along with collaborators from the University of Pittsburgh, today presented the first report of acute symptoms and clinical findings in 25 diplomatic personnel living in the US Embassy in Havana, Cuba, who experienced severe neurosensory symptoms after exposure to a unique sound and pressure phenomenon. (2018-12-12)

Researchers report acute findings from Havana embassy phenomenon
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and University of Miami describe the acute symptoms and associated clinical findings following their assessment of 25 US diplomats living in Cuba. (2018-12-12)

Enhanced rehab for stroke doubles movement recovery
A novel therapy technique invented by researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas has been shown in a pilot study to double the rate of upper limb recovery in stroke patients, a leap forward in treating the nearly 800,000 Americans who suffer strokes each year. The results of the study, funded by UT Dallas spinoff company MicroTransponder of Austin, Texas, were published Sept. 27 in the journal Stroke. (2018-09-27)

Discovery of new neurons in the inner ear can lead to new therapies for hearing disorders
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have identified four types of neurons in the peripheral auditory system, three of which are new to science. The analysis of these cells can lead to new therapies for various kinds of hearing disorders, such as tinnitus and age-related hearing loss. The study is published in Nature Communications. (2018-09-12)

New study in electric fish reveals brain mechanisms for distinguishing self from other
The brain's remarkable ability to perceive the outside world relies almost entirely on its capacity to tune out noise generated by the body's own actions, according to a first-of-its-kind study in electric fish led by scientists at Columbia University. (2018-07-11)

Mindfulness is key to tinnitus relief research reveals
New studies suggest mindfulness-based CBT could significantly help tinnitus sufferers. (2018-07-01)

How our senses connect with the stress system
Epigenetic programming following early life stress likely results from a dual-activation of the stress system and the sensory systems. Further research is warranted. (2018-04-16)

Connecting hearing helper molecules to the ear bone
Hearing loss is a common affliction associated with advancing age and exposure to very loud noises, affecting two-thirds of adults over age 70. But living with hearing loss may not be inevitable. Scientists report in the ACS journal Bioconjugate Chemistry a novel approach to the restoration of hearing that delivers stimulants of cell growth and connectivity directly to damaged ear cells. (2018-04-04)

Mifepristone may halt growth of intracranial tumor that causes hearing loss
Massachusetts Eye and Ear researchers have shown that mifepristone, a drug currently FDA-approved for chemical abortion, prevents the growth of vestibular schwannoma (also known as acoustic neuroma) cells. This sometimes-lethal intracranial tumor typically causes hearing loss and tinnitus. The findings, published online today in Scientific Reports, suggest that mifepristone is a promising drug candidate to be repositioned for the treatment of these tumors. (2018-04-03)

Why do some people 'hear' silent flashes?
Up to one in five people may show signs of a synesthesia-like phenomenon in which they 'hear' silent flashes or movement, according to a new study from City, University of London. (2018-03-20)

Specially timed signals ease tinnitus symptoms in first test aimed at condition's root cause
Millions of Americans hear ringing in their ears -- a condition called tinnitus -- but a new study shows an experimental device could help quiet the phantom sounds by targeting unruly nerve activity in the brain. Results of the first animal tests and clinical trial of the approach, which uses precisely timed sounds and weak electrical pulses that activate touch-sensitive nerves, resulted in a decrease in tinnitus loudness and improvement in tinnitus-related quality of life. (2018-01-03)

Noninvasive tinnitus treatment turns volume down on phantom noises
Scientists have devised a noninvasive approach to offer relief from tinnitus -- a persistent phantom perception of sound that afflicts as many as 15 percent of people in the United States. (2018-01-03)

Neurofeedback shows promise in treating tinnitus
Researchers using functional MRI (fMRI) have found that neurofeedback training has the potential to reduce the severity of tinnitus or even eliminate it, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). (2017-11-27)

No evidence of hidden hearing loss from common recreational noise
The first study to look for a causal relationship between recreational noise exposure and auditory function in humans finds that while hearing is temporarily affected in young adults after attending a loud recreational event, there is no evidence of auditory nerve injury or permanent hearing difficulties. (2017-09-26)

Ringing in ears keeps brain more at attention, less at rest, study finds
Tinnitus, a chronic ringing or buzzing in the ears, has eluded medical treatment and scientific understanding. A new study by University of Illinois researchers found that chronic tinnitus is associated with changes in certain networks in the brain, and furthermore, those changes cause the brain to stay more at attention and less at rest. The finding provides patients with validation of their experiences and hope for future treatment options. (2017-08-24)

Study suggests serotonin may worsen tinnitus
Millions of people suffer from the constant sensation of ringing or buzzing in the ears known as tinnitus, creating constant irritation for some and severe anxiety for others. Research by scientists at OHSU shows why a common antidepressant medication may worsen the condition. (2017-08-22)

Assessing concussion symptom presentation may provide insight into rise in rates
How physicians and athletic trainers assess symptoms may give insight into why concussion rates are on the rise, say researchers presenting their work at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Annual Meeting today in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (2017-07-21)

White noise after loud noise prevents hearing deficits in mice
Mild hearing loss from exposure to less than one hour of loud noise leads to a reorganization of circuits in a key midbrain structure of the auditory system in mice, finds new research published in The Journal of Neuroscience. However, exposure to moderate white noise for seven days immediately following loud noise prevented the reorganization of these circuits and related hearing deficits in some mice. (2017-06-05)

Study shows hearing tests miss common form of hearing loss
Traditional clinical hearing tests often fail to diagnose patients with a common form of inner ear damage that might otherwise be detected by more challenging behavioral tests, according to the findings of a University at Buffalo-led study published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience. (2017-04-20)

Bilateral tinnitus is hereditary
Researchers have been able to demonstrate the hereditary nature of certain forms of tinnitus. Bilateral tinnitus -- that is, tinnitus in both ears -- has been shown to depend on genetic factors, particularly in men. The twin study, which is published in the journal Genetics in Medicine, was conducted by researchers at Karolinska Institutet together with colleagues from the European research network TINNET. (2017-03-09)

Sound Off! The Navy, haring protection and mobile devices
The Office of Naval Research is sponsoring the development of a new app to help warfighters learn about hearing protection on their mobile Android devices -- and snap close-up selfies of themselves wearing earplugs to see if they're using them properly. (2017-01-31)

Researcher finds potential way to reduce drug cravings
A new preclinical study led by a University of Texas at Dallas researcher shows that vagus nerve stimulation therapy might have the potential to help people overcome drug addiction by helping them learn new behaviors to replace those associated with seeking drugs. (2017-01-23)

Wayne State University research team develops new diagnostic tool to identify tinnitus in animals
A team of researchers from Wayne State University has developed a behavioral tool that may significantly aid in understanding the underlying mechanisms of tinnitus, ultimately leading to new drugs and treatment methods. (2017-01-19)

Computer-based cognitive training program may help patients with severe tinnitus
In a study published online by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, researchers evaluated the effect of a cognitive training program on tinnitus. (2017-01-19)

Rat brain atlas provides MR images for stereotaxic surgery
Researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois and the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield have collaborated on creating a comprehensive, interactive rat brain atlas. (2016-10-20)

Researchers find evidence of 'hidden hearing loss' in college-age human subjects
Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear have, for the first time, linked symptoms of difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments with evidence of cochlear synaptopathy, a condition known as 'hidden hearing loss,' in college-age human subjects with normal hearing sensitivity. (2016-09-12)

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