Disability Rating, Age at Death, and Cause of Death in U.S. Veterans with Service-Connected Conditions.
This study used information from the VETSNET file, which is a snapshot of selected items from the Veterans Benefits Administration corporate database. We also used the National Death Index (NDI) for Veterans which is part of the VA Suicide Data Repository. In VETSNET, there were 758,324 Veterans who had a service-connected condition and died between the years 2004 and 2014. Using the scrambled social security number to link the two files resulted in 605,493 (80%) deceased Veterans. Age at death, sex, and underlying cause of death were obtained from the NDI for Veterans and military service characteristics and types of disa...
Source: Military Medicine - March 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Mil Med Source Type: research

Pulsatile Tinnitus With Imaging
A woman in her 40s presented with right pulsatile tinnitus with a whooshing quality for 4 years; the external auditory canals were clear bilaterally, tympanic membranes were intact and mobile bilaterally, and there was no evidence of any vascular masses in the middle ear space. What is your diagnosis? (Source: JAMA Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery)
Source: JAMA Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery - March 29, 2018 Category: ENT & OMF Source Type: research

Effect of Fractal Tones on the Improvement of Tinnitus Handicap Inventory Functional Scores among Chronic Tinnitus Patients: An Open-label Pilot Study
Conclusions We measured the benefits of using fractal tone therapy for the treatment of chronic tinnitus and found that most of the benefits were in the THI functional domain, which includes concentration, reading, attention, consciousness, sleep, social activities, and household tasks. For all patients with bothersome chronic tinnitus and high scores on the THI functional scale, fractal tones should be considered a promising initial sound therapy strategy. The findings from this open-label pilot study are preliminary, and further trials are needed before these results can be generalized to a larger tinnitus populatio...
Source: International Archives of Otorhinolaryngology - March 29, 2018 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Simonetti, Patricia Vasconcelos, Laura Garcia Oiticica, Jeanne Tags: Original Research Source Type: research

Tinnitus
New England Journal of Medicine,Volume 378, Issue 13, Page 1224-1231, March 2018. (Source: New England Journal of Medicine)
Source: New England Journal of Medicine - March 28, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Carol A. Bauer Source Type: research

Differential electrophysiological correlates of panic disorder in non-pulsatile tinnitus
In this study the electrophysiological brain activity is investigated in adults with non-pulsatile tinnitus with and without concurrent PD. (Source: Journal of Psychosomatic Research)
Source: Journal of Psychosomatic Research - March 26, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: T. Pattyn, S. Vanneste, D. De Ridder, V. Van Rompaey, D.J. Veltman, P. Van de Heyning, Sabbe BCG, F. Van Den Eede Source Type: research

A Focus on the Synthesis and Pharmacokinetics of Tocainide and its Analogues.
Abstract BACKGROUND Tocainide is an antiarrhythmic agent belonging to class IB that was primarily used for suppression of symptomatic ventricular arrhythmias. Tocainide was also reported to relieve pain such as tic douloureux, trigemina neuralgia in humans and tinnitus. Significant antinociception, as assayed on the hot-plate test, was observed after intraperitoneal injection of tocainide, too. By the mid-1980s tocainide was emerging as a more consistently effective treatment for myotonic disorders. Numerous reports of serious adverse reactions led to the use of tocainide being discontinued, even though research o...
Source: Current Medicinal Chemistry - March 26, 2018 Category: Chemistry Authors: Carocci A, Corbo F, Lentini G, Cavalluzzi MM, Franchini C, Catalano A Tags: Curr Med Chem Source Type: research

Orofacial Manifestations and Temporomandibular Disorders of Sj ögren Syndrome: An Observational Study.
Orofacial Manifestations and Temporomandibular Disorders of Sjögren Syndrome: An Observational Study. Int J Med Sci. 2018;15(5):475-483 Authors: Crincoli V, Di Comite M, Guerrieri M, Rotolo RP, Limongelli L, Tempesta A, Iannone F, Rinaldi A, Lapadula G, Favia G Abstract AIMS: Sjӧgren Syndrome is a disorder involving oral tissues, with xerostomia, dysgeusia, dysphagia, tooth decay, gingivitis, angular cheilitis and glossitis. Temporomandibular disorders are a generic term referred to clinical conditions involving the jaw muscles and temporomandibular joint. The aim of this study was to investigate...
Source: International Journal of Medical Sciences - March 25, 2018 Category: Biomedical Science Tags: Int J Med Sci Source Type: research

Shared decision-making in tinnitus care - An exploration of clinical encounters.
CONCLUSIONS: A shift away from aetiology and physiological tests is needed so that tinnitus is managed as a persistent unexplained set of symptoms. This uncertainty is challenging for the medical professionals; lessons could be learned from the use of therapeutic skills. Further research is required to test techniques, such as the use of decision aids, to determine how we might create the ideal clinical encounter. Statement of contribution What is already known on this subject? Tinnitus is a condition in which sound is heard in the absence of an external source. Current approaches to managing tinnitus vary depending on cli...
Source: British Journal of Health Psychology - March 25, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Pryce H, Hall A, Marks E, Culhane BA, Swift S, Straus J, Shaw RL Tags: Br J Health Psychol Source Type: research

Idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss in dialysis patients.
Authors: Kang SM, Lim HW, Yu H Abstract Although sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) affects chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients more frequently than non-CKD patients, few reports have described SSNHL in dialysis patients. We aimed to review the characteristics of SSNHL in chronic dialysis patients and evaluate treatment responses to steroid therapy. We retrospectively reviewed the records of dialysis patients diagnosed with idiopathic SSNHL at Asan Medical Center between January 2000 and December 2014. Pure tone and speech audiometry analyzes were performed before and 2 weeks and 2 months aft...
Source: Renal Failure - March 23, 2018 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Ren Fail Source Type: research

Sound therapy and aural rehabilitation for tinnitus: a person centred therapy framework based on an ecological model of tinnitus.
CONCLUSIONS: The intent of this framework is to help guide audiologists managing tinnitus. The framework has been useful in our clinic as illustrated by a case study. The benefits of this approach relative to standard care needs to be independently ascertained. Implications for Rehabilitation Tinnitus is a common oto-neurological complaint that when severe can be very disabling. Tinnitus is very heterogeneous as a consequence of this no one treatment is suitable for everyone. The sound therapy and aural rehabilitation for tinnitus framework is designed to assist audiologists in clinical planning that addresses individual n...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation - March 23, 2018 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Searchfield GD, Linford T, Durai M Tags: Disabil Rehabil Source Type: research

Evaluation of selective attention in patients with misophonia
Conclusion The misophonia participants presented a lower percentage of correct responses in the dichotic sentence identification test with chewing sound; suggesting that individuals with misophonia may have selective attention impairment when they are exposed to sounds that trigger this condition. (Source: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology)
Source: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology - March 21, 2018 Category: ENT & OMF Source Type: research

Multidisciplinary group information for patients with tinnitus: an open trial
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Source: Hearing, Balance and Communication - March 20, 2018 Category: Audiology Authors: Reza Zarenoe Therese Bohn Eriksson Jakob Dahl Torbj örn Ledin Gerhard Andersson Source Type: research

Reconsidering an important subclass of high-risk dural arteriovenous fistulas for stereotactic radiosurgery.
CONCLUSIONS Cortical venous drainage is thought to be a significant risk factor in all dAVFs. In the institutional experience described here, SRS proved to be a low-risk strategy associated with a very low risk of subsequent hemorrhage or radiation-related complications in nonaggressive dAVFs with CVD. PMID: 29547086 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Neurosurgery)
Source: Journal of Neurosurgery - March 16, 2018 Category: Neurosurgery Authors: Tonetti DA, Gross BA, Jankowitz BT, Kano H, Monaco EA, Niranjan A, Flickinger JC, Lunsford LD Tags: J Neurosurg Source Type: research

A Novel Approach to Relieve Tinnitus Symptoms
In this Medical News story, researchers discuss an experimental device that uses a novel approach to relieve symptoms of somatic tinnitus. (Source: JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association)
Source: JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association - March 14, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: research

Postoperative Tinnitus After Vestibular Schwannoma Surgery Depends on Preoperative Tinnitus and Both Pre- and Postoperative Hearing Function
Leonidas Trakolis, Florian H. Ebner, Kathrin Machetanz, Joey Sandritter, Marcos Tatagiba, Georgios Naros (Source: Frontiers in Neurology)
Source: Frontiers in Neurology - March 12, 2018 Category: Neurology Source Type: research

Sigmoid sinus dehiscence and suspected idiopathic intracranial hypertension in pulsatile tinnitus?
(Source: Neuroradiology)
Source: Neuroradiology - March 12, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: research

Neuromodulation for tinnitus treatment: an overview of invasive and non-invasive techniques
AbstractTinnitus is defined as a perception of sound without any external sound source. Chronic tinnitus is a frequent condition that can affect the quality of life. So far, no causal cure for tinnitus has been documented, and most pharmacologic and psychosomatic treatment modalities aim to diminish tinnitus ’ impact on the quality of life. Neuromodulation, a novel therapeutic modality, which aims at alternating nerve activity through a targeted delivery of a stimulus, has emerged as a potential option in tinnitus treatment. This review provides a brief overview of the current neuromodulation techniqu es as tinnitus ...
Source: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B. - March 12, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: research

Effects of combined oral contraception containing drospirenone on premenstrual exacerbation of meniere ’s disease: preliminary study
Conclusions DRSP could be effective in reducing the fluid overload typical of the premenstrual phase, improving symptoms of MD. The results support the efficacy of EE/DRSP usage associated with rehabilitation therapy on premenstrual exacerbation of MD. (Source: European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology)
Source: European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology - March 11, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: research

Minimally traumatic stapes surgery for otosclerosis: Risk reduction of post-operative vertigo
Conclusion MTSS involves a lower risk of vertigo than does TSS. MTSS helps to prevent damage to the footplate, thereby reducing the risk of footplate floating. Therefore, MTSS provides a means to overcome some of the limitations associated with the narrow surgical field in Asian patients. (Source: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association)
Source: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association - March 10, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: research

Effects of combined oral contraception containing drospirenone on premenstrual exacerbation of meniere ’s disease: preliminary study
Meniere's disease is caused by an augmented endolymph pressure in the inner ear; symptoms are vertigo, fluctuating hearing loss and tinnitus. Exacerbations has been noted during premenstrual phase. The study aims to evaluate the effects of a 20  mcg Ethinylestradiol (EE) and 3 mg Drospirenone (DRSP) oral contraceptive (20mcgEE/3mgDRSP) in continuous regimen, associated with rehabilitation therapy on Meniere's disease. (Source: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology)
Source: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology - March 10, 2018 Category: OBGYN Authors: Salvatore Caruso, Diletta Mauro, Luigi Maiolino, Caterina Grillo, Agnese Maria Chiara Rapisarda, Stefano Cianci Tags: Full length article Source Type: research

Effects of combined oral contraception containing drospirenone on premenstrual exacerbation of Meniere ’s disease: Preliminary study
Meniere's disease is caused by an augmented endolymph pressure in the inner ear; symptoms are vertigo, fluctuating hearing loss and tinnitus. Exacerbations has been noted during premenstrual phase. The study aims to evaluate the effects of a 20  μm Ethinylestradiol (EE) and 3 mg Drospirenone (DRSP) oral contraceptive (20 μmEE/3mgDRSP) in continuous regimen, associated with rehabilitation therapy on Meniere’s disease. (Source: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology)
Source: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology - March 10, 2018 Category: OBGYN Authors: Salvatore Caruso, Diletta Mauro, Luigi Maiolino, Caterina Grillo, Agnese Maria Chiara Rapisarda, Stefano Cianci Tags: Full length article Source Type: research

The use of tDCS as a therapeutic option for tinnitus: a systematic review
Conclusion Based on literature studied, there is no therapeutic response of tinnitus to transcranial direct current stimulation. (Source: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology)
Source: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology - March 9, 2018 Category: ENT & OMF Source Type: research

Comment on Hall et al. (2017), “How to Choose Between Measures of Tinnitus Loudness for Clinical Research? A Report on the Reliability and Validity of an Investigator-Administered Test and a Patient-Reported Measure Using Baseline Data Collected in a Phase IIa Drug Trial”
Conclusion Diagnostic accuracy (validity) and diagnostic precision (reliability or agreement) are two completely different methodological issues. Depending on the type of the variable (qualitative or quantitative), well-known statistical tests can be applied to assess validity. (Source: American Journal of Audiology)
Source: American Journal of Audiology - March 8, 2018 Category: Audiology Source Type: research

Author Response to Sabour (2018), “Comment on Hall et al. (2017), ‘How to Choose Between Measures of Tinnitus Loudness for Clinical Research? A Report on the Reliability and Validity of an Investigator-Administered Test and a Patient-Reported Measure Using Baseline Data Collected in a Phase IIa Drug Trial’”
Conclusion It is important to distinguish between tests that evaluate the validity of measuring treatment-related change over time and tests that quantify the accuracy of diagnosing tinnitus as a case and non-case. (Source: American Journal of Audiology)
Source: American Journal of Audiology - March 8, 2018 Category: Audiology Source Type: research

Associations Between Perceived Stress And Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy And Otoxicity In Adult Cancer Survivors
The most common adverse effects from neurotoxic chemotherapy are chemotherapy-induced neuropathy (CIPN), hearing loss, and tinnitus. While associations between perceived stress and persistent pain, hearing loss, and tinnitus are documented, no studies have examined these associations in cancer survivors who received neurotoxic chemotherapy. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 7, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Christine Miaskowski, Steven M. Paul, Judy Mastick, Gary Abrams, Kimberly Topp, Betty Smoot, Kord M. Kober, Margaret Chesney, Melissa Mazor, Grace Mausisa, Mark Schumacher, Yvette P. Conley, Jennifer Henderson Sabes, Steven Cheung, Margaret Wallhagen, Jon Source Type: research

Associations Between Perceived Stress and Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy and Otoxicity in Adult Cancer Survivors
The most common adverse effects from neurotoxic chemotherapy are chemotherapy-induced neuropathy (CIPN), hearing loss, and tinnitus. Although associations between perceived stress and persistent pain, hearing loss, and tinnitus are documented, no studies have examined these associations in cancer survivors who received neurotoxic chemotherapy. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 7, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Christine Miaskowski, Steven M. Paul, Judy Mastick, Gary Abrams, Kimberly Topp, Betty Smoot, Kord M. Kober, Margaret Chesney, Melissa Mazor, Grace Mausisa, Mark Schumacher, Yvette P. Conley, Jennifer Henderson Sabes, Steven Cheung, Margaret Wallhagen, Jon Tags: Brief Report Source Type: research

Tinnitus-New challenge and therapeutic approaches.
Authors: Mazurek B PMID: 29500501 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: HNO)
Source: HNO - March 5, 2018 Category: ENT & OMF Tags: HNO Source Type: research

Patient Acceptance of Invasive Treatments for Tinnitus.
Conclusions: A considerable proportion of patients with tinnitus would accept a variety of invasive treatments despite the associated risks or costs. When clinical neuromodulatory studies for tinnitus are to be performed, particular attention should be given to obtaining informed consent, including explaining the potential risks and providing a realistic outcome expectation. PMID: 29507954 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Audiology)
Source: American Journal of Audiology - March 5, 2018 Category: Audiology Authors: Smit JV, Pielkenrood BJ, Arts RAGJ, Janssen ML, Temel Y, Stokroos RJ Tags: Am J Audiol Source Type: research

Long-term Administration of Salicylate-induced Changes in BDNF Expression and CREB Phosphorylation in the Auditory Cortex of Rats
Conclusion: Long-term administration of salicylate increased BDNF expression and CREB activation, upregulated synaptic efficacy, and changed synaptic ultrastructure in the AC. There may be a relationship between these factors and the mechanism of tinnitus. (Source: Otology and Neurotology)
Source: Otology and Neurotology - March 1, 2018 Category: ENT & OMF Tags: Audiology Source Type: research

Gradual Symmetric Progression of DFNA34 Hearing Loss Caused by an NLRP3 Mutation and Cochlear Autoinflammation
Conclusion: DFNA34 HL has an onset during early adulthood and progresses approximately 1.2 dB/yr. (Source: Otology and Neurotology)
Source: Otology and Neurotology - March 1, 2018 Category: ENT & OMF Tags: Sensorineural Hearing Loss and Tinnitus Source Type: research

Correlations Between the Degree of Endolymphatic Hydrops and Symptoms and Audiological Test Results in Patients With Menière's Disease: A Reevaluation
Conclusions: Disrupted ionic homeostasis in the inner ear, but not the EH, may contribute to changes in the –SP/AP ratio. The relevance of glycerol test in identifying EH through detection of hearing changes needs further investigation in the future. (Source: Otology and Neurotology)
Source: Otology and Neurotology - March 1, 2018 Category: ENT & OMF Tags: Vestibular Disorders Source Type: research

The Significance of Arachnoid Granulation in Patients With Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
Conclusions The study establishes that there is a relationship between presence of AG and IIH. Arachnoid granulation seems to act in a compensatory mechanism in patients with IIH. (Source: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography)
Source: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography - March 1, 2018 Category: Radiology Tags: Neuroradiology Source Type: research

[Long-term changes in multimodal intensive tinnitus therapy : A  5‑year follow-up. German version].
CONCLUSION: The results of the present study support the effectiveness of the 7‑day multimodal intensive therapy for tinnitus. Posttreatment improvements were related to both tinnitus burden as well as stress and depressive symptoms and were maintained at the 5‑year follow-up. PMID: 29484461 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: HNO)
Source: HNO - March 1, 2018 Category: ENT & OMF Tags: HNO Source Type: research

Simultaneous cochlear implantation as a therapeutic option in vestibular schwannoma surgery: case report.
Abstract Hearing loss is the most common symptom of vestibular schwannomas (VSs). The management of these lesions includes observation, radiosurgery, and microsurgical resection. Hearing preservation and rehabilitation are the major challenges after the tumor treatment. A 43-year-old man with previous left-sided profound hearing loss and tinnitus presented with a 2-mm left-sided intracanalicular VS. The decision was made to perform a simultaneous cochlear implantation (CI) and microsurgical resection of the tumor. The patient did well postoperatively, with significant improvement of tinnitus, sound localization, a...
Source: Neurosurgical Focus - March 1, 2018 Category: Neurosurgery Authors: Dos Santos Neto PH, Zamponi JO, Hamerschmidt R, Wiemes GRM, Rassi MS, Borba LAB Tags: Neurosurg Focus Source Type: research

Association between polymorphism of tumor necrosis factor alpha (tnf α) in the region -308 g/a with tinnitus in the elderly with a history of occupational noise exposure.
Association between polymorphism of tumor necrosis factor alpha (tnfα) in the region -308 g/a with tinnitus in the elderly with a history of occupational noise exposure. Noise Health. 2018 Mar-Apr;20(93):37-41 Authors: Marchiori LLM, Dias ACM, Gonçalvez AS, Poly-Frederico RC, Doi MY Abstract Context: Tinnitus is a common disorder that occurs frequently across all strata of population and has an important health concern and is often associated with different forms of the hearing loss of varying severity. Aims: To investigate the association between the polymorphism of tumor necrosis f...
Source: Noise and Health - March 1, 2018 Category: Audiology Authors: Marchiori LLM, Dias ACM, Gonçalvez AS, Poly-Frederico RC, Doi MY Tags: Noise Health Source Type: research

Interpreting the Tinnitus Questionnaire (German version): what individual differences are clinically important?
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Source: International Journal of Audiology - March 1, 2018 Category: Audiology Authors: Deborah A. Hall Rajnikant L. Mehta Heike Argstatter Source Type: research

Tinnitus and temporary hearing loss result in differential noise-induced spatial reorganization of brain activity.
Abstract Loud noise frequently results in hyperacusis or hearing loss (i.e., increased or decreased sensitivity to sound). These conditions are often accompanied by tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and changes in spontaneous neuronal activity (SNA). The ability to differentiate the contributions of hyperacusis and hearing loss to neural correlates of tinnitus has yet to be achieved. Towards this purpose, we used a combination of behavior, electrophysiology, and imaging tools to investigate two models of noise-induced tinnitus (either with temporary hearing loss or with permanent hearing loss). Manganese (Mn2+) uptak...
Source: Brain Structure and Function - February 27, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Muca A, Standafer E, Apawu AK, Ahmad F, Ghoddoussi F, Hali M, Warila J, Berkowitz BA, Holt AG Tags: Brain Struct Funct Source Type: research

Rapidly progressive cognitive impairment caused by intracranial dural arteriovenous fistulas (DAVFs): a case report
AbstractIntracranial dural arteriovenous fistulas (DAVFs), constituting approximately 10 to15% of intracranial vascular malformations, are anomalous direct connections between dural arteries and venous sinuses, meningeal veins, or cortical veins; the arterial feeders are various, usually fed by branches of internal carotid, external carotid, or vertebral artery (Santillan et al. CNN 115(3):241 –251,2013; Holoekamp et al. JN 124(6):1752 –65,2016; Terada T et al. JN 80(5):884 –9,1994). Spectrums of clinical presentations are widespread, arranging from pulsatile tinnitus to intracranial hemorrhage. Such DAVF...
Source: Neurological Sciences - February 26, 2018 Category: Neurology Source Type: research

[Selected otorhinolaryngological symptoms in functional disorders of the upper cervical spine and temporomandibular joints].
Authors: Hölzl M, Behrmann R, Biesinger E, von Heymann W, Hülse R, Arens C Abstract This paper discusses otorhinolaryngological symptoms associated with functional disorders of the upper cervical spine. Hints aimed to avoid misdiagnoses of cross-organ otorhinolaryngological symptoms as phobic or psychogenic disorders are presented. Clinically relevant neuroanatomical convergence of the upper cervical spine (occiput to C3) is fundamental for the interpretation of functional otorhinolaryngological symptoms. Based thereon, evidence for the most common cervical differential diagnoses of dizziness, tinnitus, d...
Source: HNO - February 24, 2018 Category: ENT & OMF Tags: HNO Source Type: research

Microsurgical decompression of the cochlear nerve to treat disabling tinnitus via an endoscope-assisted retro-sigmoid approach: the Padua experience.
This study aimed at investigating the safety and validity of microsurgical decompression via an endoscope-assisted retrosigmoid approach to treat tinnitus in patients with neurovascular compression of the cochlear nerve. (Source: World Neurosurgery)
Source: World Neurosurgery - February 24, 2018 Category: Neurosurgery Authors: Arianna Di Stadio, Roberta Colangeli, Laura Dipietro, Alessandro Martini A, Daniela Parrino, Ennio Nardello, Domenico D ’ Avella, Elisabetta Zanoletti Tags: Case Report Source Type: research

Microsurgical Decompression of the Cochlear Nerve to Treat Disabling Tinnitus via an Endoscope-Assisted Retrosigmoid Approach: The Padua Experience
This study aimed at investigating the safety and validity of microsurgical decompression via an endoscope-assisted retrosigmoid approach to treat tinnitus in patients with neurovascular compression of the cochlear nerve. (Source: World Neurosurgery)
Source: World Neurosurgery - February 24, 2018 Category: Neurosurgery Authors: Arianna Di Stadio, Roberta Colangeli, Laura Dipietro, Alessandro Martini, Daniela Parrino, Ennio Nardello, Domenico D ’Avella, Elisabetta Zanoletti Tags: Case Report Source Type: research

Speech-in-noise testing as a marker for noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus.
Authors: Van Eynde C, Denys S, Desloovere C, Wouters J, Verhaert N Abstract Speech-in-noise testing as a marker for noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus. Noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus are auditory complaints that often co-occur. Often, there is no immediate indication of changes in the pure tone audiogram. Patients can still have clinically normal hearing thresholds while clearly experiencing reduced speech comprehension. This might be explained by the process of neurodegeneration of the innervated dendrites of the auditory nerve fibres and secondary degeneration of spiral ganglion neurons. Subsequent ...
Source: B-ENT - February 23, 2018 Category: ENT & OMF Tags: B-ENT Source Type: research

Endovascular treatment of pulsatile tinnitus by sigmoid sinus aneurysm: technical note and review of literature
Pulse-synchronous tinnitus is rare, and it almost always points towards a vascular pathology. We encountered a 56 year old patient presenting with 3 month history of right side tinnitus and was found to have a sigmoid sinus aneurysm after initial imaging. The patient was successfully managed using dual endovascular access and stent placement across the aneurysm, with a subsequent complete symptomatic relief. Description on endovascular management of sigmoid sinus aneurysm is not infrequent in the literature. (Source: World Neurosurgery)
Source: World Neurosurgery - February 23, 2018 Category: Neurosurgery Authors: Hugo Cuellar, Tanmoy Maiti, Devi Prasad Patra, Amey Savardekar, Hai Sun, Anil Nanda Tags: Case Report Source Type: research

Endovascular Treatment of Pulsatile Tinnitus by Sigmoid Sinus Aneurysm: Technical Note and Review of the Literature
Pulse-synchronous tinnitus is rare, and it almost always points toward a vascular pathology. (Source: World Neurosurgery)
Source: World Neurosurgery - February 23, 2018 Category: Neurosurgery Authors: Hugo Cuellar, Tanmoy Maiti, Devi Prasad Patra, Amey Savardekar, Hai Sun, Anil Nanda Tags: Case Report Source Type: research

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Chronic Tinnitus: Evaluation of Benefits in a Large Sample of Patients Attending a Tinnitus Clinic
Conclusions: MBCT was associated with significant and reliable improvements in patients with chronic, distressing tinnitus. Changes were associated with increases in tinnitus acceptance and dispositional mindfulness. This study doubles the combined sample size of all previously published studies. Randomized controlled trials of standardized MBCT protocols are now required to test whether MBCT might offer a new and effective treatment for chronic tinnitus. (Source: Ear and Hearing)
Source: Ear and Hearing - February 22, 2018 Category: Audiology Tags: Research Articles Source Type: research

Patients’ and Clinicians’ Views of the Psychological Components of Tinnitus Treatment That Could Inform Audiologists’ Usual Care: A Delphi Survey
Conclusions: The results of this Delphi survey provide a tool to develop audiologists’ usual tinnitus care using components that both patients and clinicians agree are important and appropriate to be delivered by an audiologist for adults with tinnitus-related distress. Research is now necessary to test the added effects of these components when delivered by audiologists. (Source: Ear and Hearing)
Source: Ear and Hearing - February 22, 2018 Category: Audiology Tags: Research Articles Source Type: research

Spinal primary central nervous system lymphoma: Case report and literature review
Publication date: Available online 21 February 2018 Source:Journal of Clinical Neuroscience Author(s): Li Feng, Dingbang Chen, Hongyan Zhou, Cunzhou Shen, Haiyan Wang, Xunsha Sun, Xiulin Liang, Ling Chen Primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL) is a very rare tumor of increasing incidence. It is often misdiagnosed due to the unspecific presentation or unavailable biopsy, and results in poor prognosis. PCNSL involved the spinal cord is extremely sparse. Here we report a gentleman presented with one-year history of progressive tremor in the left limbs and slight dysarthria as well as three-month history of paraparesi...
Source: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience - February 21, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research

MRI Verification of a 10-20 Targeting Protocol Used During Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Sessions for Tinnitus.
Abstract Langguth et al. (2006) described a method for targeting primary auditory cortex (PAC) during transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) using the 10-20 electroencephalography system. Study aims were to measure the degree of accuracy in placing the TMS coil on the scalp overlying PAC using the 10-20 method and determine the extent to which accuracy depends on the hemisphere of the coil placement. Twelve participants underwent anatomical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of their head in a 3T scanner. Before imaging, a fiducial marker was placed on their scalp corresponding to the TMS coil position. MRI scans w...
Source: Brain Topography - February 21, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Theodoroff SM, Stevens AA, McMillan G, Pettersson DR, Woodward W, Folmer RL Tags: Brain Topogr Source Type: research

Corrigendum: A Quantitative Electroencephalography Study on Cochlear Implant-Induced Cortical Changes in Single-Sided Deafness with Tinnitus
Jae-Jin Song, Kyungsoo Kim, Woongsang Sunwoo, Griet Mertens, Paul Van de Heyning, Dirk De Ridder, Sven Vanneste, Sang-Youp Lee, Kyung-Joon Park, Hongsoo Choi, Ji-Woong Choi (Source: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience)
Source: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience - February 20, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research

Comment on Hall et al. (2017), "How to Choose Between Measures of Tinnitus Loudness for Clinical Research? A Report on the Reliability and Validity of an Investigator-Administered Test and a Patient-Reported Measure Using Baseline Data Collected in a Phase IIa Drug Trial".
Conclusion: Diagnostic accuracy (validity) and diagnostic precision (reliability or agreement) are two completely different methodological issues. Depending on the type of the variable (qualitative or quantitative), well-known statistical tests can be applied to assess validity. PMID: 29466561 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Audiology)
Source: American Journal of Audiology - February 20, 2018 Category: Audiology Authors: Sabour S Tags: Am J Audiol Source Type: research