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It ’s Tinnitus Awareness Week – so what hope is there for sufferers?

A new technique involving coloured lights may, sadly, not be the breakthrough sufferers of the condition are looking forThe UK ’s estimated 6 million tinnitus sufferers are often left to flounder when their GPs fail to offer the help they want. So a report this week thatcoloured lights, that “distract” people’s brains, may help alleviate the condition will be music to their ears. Unfortunately, close reading reveals that the research, at the University of Leicester, is yet to achieve a breakthrough.This isTinnitus Awareness Week, and the British Tinnitus Association is working hard to raise its profile. It hasreleased new guidance for GPs and launchedan online platform, Take on Tinnitus, for people who are newly diagnosed. But how much hope is there?Continue reading...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Medical research GPs Deafness and hearing impairment Source Type: news

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Source: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
Conclusion: A protocol for the assessment of treatment options and outcomes in recipients with SSD and AHL is presented. The proposed set of minimum outcome measures aims at harmonizing assessment methods across centers and thus at generating a growing body of high-level evidence for those treatment options.Audiol Neurotol 2016;21:391-398
Source: Audiology and Neurotology - Category: Audiology Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: CI significantly reduces the subjectively perceived impairment, although the reduction in the subjectively perceived loudness of the tinnitus is not significant. PMID: 28271241 [PubMed]
Source: HNO - Category: ENT & OMF Tags: HNO Source Type: research
, Illg A Abstract Treatment with cochlear implants (CIs) in single-sided deaf individuals started less than a decade ago. CIs can successfully reduce incapacitating tinnitus on the deaf ear and allow, so some extent, the restoration of binaural hearing. Until now, systematic evaluations of subjective CI benefit in post-lingually single-sided deaf individuals and analyses of speech intelligibility outcome for the CI in isolation have been lacking. For the prospective part of this study, the Bern Benefit in Single-Sided Deafness Questionnaire (BBSS) was administered to 48 single-sided deaf CI users to evaluate the s...
Source: Hearing Research - Category: Audiology Authors: Tags: Hear Res Source Type: research
By Drs. David Niesel and Norbert Herzog Have you ever heard a high pitched buzzing or ringing in your ears but nothing around you is the cause? Then you have experienced something called tinnitus. The incidence of tinnitus peaks between 60 and 69 but it can happen at any age. A recent study of 170 students aged 11 - 17 revealed an astoundingly high level of tinnitus at 55%. This is a sign that these adolescents are at serious risk for developing hearing loss as young adults. Some 50 million US adults have reported having tinnitus. Sixteen million had it frequently while 2 to 3 million have tinnitus severe enough to be d...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - Category: Science Source Type: news
Conclusion The present data is in agreement with previously published studies that have shown an improvement in tinnitus following cochlear implantation for the large majority of patients with single-sided deafness.
Source: American Journal of Otolaryngology - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
Conclusion18F-FDOPA PET/CT is highly sensitive in posttreatment evaluation of patients with HNPGLs, and also offers better interobserver reproducibility than MRA/CTA and whole-body examination. We therefore suggest that18F-FDOPA PET/CT is performed as the first diagnostic imaging modality in symptomatic patients with suspicion of HNPGL relapse after primary treatment when68Ga-labeled somatostatin analogues are not available.
Source: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging - Category: Nuclear Medicine Source Type: research
AbstractThe majority of tinnitus patients are affected by chronic idiopathic tinnitus, and almost 60 different treatment modalities have been reported. The present study is a multidisciplinary systematic analysis of the evidence for the different forms of treatment for chronic tinnitus. The results are used to form the basis of an S3 guideline. A systematic search was carried out in PubMed and the Cochrane Library. The basis for presenting the level of evidence was the evidence classification of the Oxford Centre of Evidence-based Medicine. Whenever available, randomised controlled trials were given preference for discussi...
Source: European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology - Category: ENT & OMF Source Type: research
Conclusion Many people use medicines like paracetamol or ibuprofen for aches and pains. There's no suggestion from this study that occasional use to manage a headache or muscle strain is harmful. But the study is a reminder that regular use – defined by the researchers as two days or more a week – could have health consequences over time. However, this study has some limitations. As a cohort study, it can't prove cause and effect between paracetamol and NSAIDs and hearing loss. And it mainly included white women, all in the US, so we don't know if the results apply to other groups. Also, the increased risk ...
Source: NHS News Feed - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medication Source Type: news
Publication date: Available online 14 December 2016 Source:Apollo Medicine Author(s): Neha Kharkwal, Yatish Agarwal, N.N. Mathur, Rajni Being uncommon neoplasms of elusive origin, epithelioid hemangiomas are benign vascular tumors found in young adults. 1 These epithelioid hemangiomas are mostly found in the head and neck region, presenting as solitary or multiple lesions, and they vary between 2 and 3cm in diameter, and morphologically manifest as intradermal papules or subcutaneous nodules. 2 More eloquently termed as angiolymphoid hyperplasia with eosinophilia on pathological basis, these tumors are amenable to surgica...
Source: Apollo Medicine - Category: Journals (General) Source Type: research
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