Visiting a once-watery asteroid, and how buzzing the tongue can treat tinnitus
First up, Staff Writer Paul Voosen talks with host Sarah Crespi about the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission to the asteroid Bennu. After OSIRIS-REx ’s up-close surveys of the surface revealed fewer likely touchdown points than expected, its sampling mission has been rejiggered. Paul talks about the prospects for a safe sampling in mid-October and what we might learn when the craft returns to Earth in 2023. Sarah also talks with Hubert Lim, f rom the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and Neuromod Devices Limited, about his Science Translational Medicine paper on a new treatment for tinnitus. The team showed that bimodal stimulation—playing sounds in the ear and buzzes on the tongue—was able to change the brain and turn down the t innitus in a large clinical trial. Extra audio credits: Tinnitus sound samples courtesy of the American Tinnitus Association. Treatment samples courtesy of Neuromod Devices Ltd. This week’s episode was produced with help from Podigy. Listen to previous podcasts. About the Science Podcast Down load a transcript (PDF).
Tinnitus, the sensation of ringing in the ears, is one of the most common medical conditions. Approximately 15% of the population suffers from it, but the nature of this malady makes it difficult to study and find therapeutic options. Now, a multinat...
THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2020 -- Adults with chronic subjective tinnitus who receive treatment with a device that combines sound and tongue stimulation may experience a significant reduction in tinnitus symptom severity, according to a study published in...
CONCLUSIONS: This pilot study demonstrated potentially promising efficacy of a smartphone-based CBT and sound therapy platform for treating tinnitus and encourages future randomized controlled trials on this treatment modality. PMID: 33030042 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
A device that plays white noise into headphones and stimulates the tongue with electricity helped to reduce the severity of tinnitus in a study of 326 volunteers
(American Association for the Advancement of Science) 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.
CONCLUSION: Besides optimizing systemic blood pressure, reducing an increased central retinal venous pressure, treatment with statins, calcium channel blockers, Ginkgo biloba extract, increased physical exercise and fluid replacement are options to ameliorate vascular conditions. An interdisciplinary cooperation with general practitioners and internists is an important component of holistic treatment. PMID: 33026527 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Tinnitus is a phantom auditory perception coded in the brain that can be bothersome or debilitating, affecting 10 to 15% of the population. Currently, there is no clinically recommended drug or device treatment for this major health condition. Animal research has revealed that sound paired with electrical somatosensory stimulation can drive extensive plasticity within the brain for tinnitus treatment. To investigate this bimodal neuromodulation approach in humans, we evaluated a noninvasive device that delivers sound to the ears and electrical stimulation to the tongue in a randomized, double-blinded, exploratory study tha...
This article discusses clinical implications, medicolegal considerations in light of a recent high-profile court case and proposed criteria for diagnosis. PMID: 33004086 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]