So You Want to Participate in UT-Dallas's Tinnitus Trials? The Good News and Bad News.

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Almost as soon as we published that very popular post about University of Texas at Dallas researchers' efforts to silence that high-pitched problem known as tinnitus, readers began leaving comments and sending e-mails in which they all asked the same question: How can I  participate in the forthcoming human clinical trials?  So I asked Emily Martinez, the UTD spokesperson charged with publicizing the efforts of Drs. Michael Kilgard and Dr. Navzer Engineer.

Martinez said trials are actually beginning "in the next few weeks," but, sorry, they'll take place in Belgium. She wasn't sure when they'd move back to the U.S. -- or even where in the U.S. So she put me in touch with Dr. Engineer (whose name, I'll admit, I love saying aloud).

Engineer said they're beginning in Europe for one simple reason: "The approval process for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration takes a long time, as you can imagine, especially compared to that in Europe, where approvals are much faster.  We want to see what happens in the first three, five patients in Belgium, then come back to the U.S. and say, 'This is the effect it has on patients with severe tinnitus.' So the time line isn't clear." He hopes to have solid results in human within the year, at which point trials will begin locally.

But if there is a chance of expediting clinical trials on U.S. soil, it rests with the military -- which is particularly interested in the results, given the hundreds of millions spent each year treating returning combat veterans. (Engineer says two groups have expressed deep interest in the tinnitus "cure" since it was announced last week -- soldiers and musicians, no surprise there.) Says Engineer, "We hope this year we can facilitate or strengthen that relationship with the military."

He expects, of course, that the FDA will look at the results "most positively" following trials in Europe. After all, he says, the results have thus far been very promising when tried on rats (who were actually given tinnitus by the researchers, who exposed them to loud sounds before beginning treatment).

"We're pretty excited," Engineer says. "As we saw, it works in rats. The vagus nerve stimulator has few side effects. It's a minimally invasive surgery. The big question is whether it it'll work in patients with severe tinnitus because humans are obviously more complicated than rats. It's a big challenge."
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Tinnitus
Tinnitus

Thanks for sharing this information here actually many people are suffering from this problem still but they find themselves unable to find a cure of this problem. According to me they should concern with doctor and after that their problem will be solve out.

northern sydney
northern sydney

Not only the health is being affected to those patients whohave tinnitus but also their emotional aspects. Some are getting depress withtheir situation because it hard for them to over come it. This case is a littlebit hard to heal but there is nothing impossible if you are determined todefeat it.hearing test

Roadaxe2005
Roadaxe2005

I want to see how well the trials go and to see this treatment avaiable in Australia if sucessful, I know it is nerve damage that causes my tinitus and if these guys are able to pull off the miracle of repairing that damage then a lot more people will be happy, my condition leaves me with out a choice, I can not sleep in a quiet room and sometimes miss out on what people are saying, heating tests have shown that I my tinitus is causing patial deafness due to the ringing in my ears. contact email is roadaxe2005@yahoo.com.au

Traitement Acouphène
Traitement Acouphène

This article is very interesting. This research is to help everyone around the world to overcome them. This buzz in the ears are a distraction and all those who have can finally relax.Traitement Acouphène

Tinnitus Therapie
Tinnitus Therapie

Drs. Michael Kilgard and Dr. Navzer Engineern give some advice to remove tinnitus problem.This post very informative to control tinnitus problem.

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arvinlexor123

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markATX02
markATX02

what you STUPID people FAIL to realize is ONCE YOU'VE DAMAGED YOUR INNER EAR WITH LOUD SOUNDS THERE IS NO REPAIR!!!!! i have tinnitus i know

T-Virus
T-Virus

@markATX02 i think you need to do more research in tinnitus before you say there is no cure, hence why its called a trial.... However loud sounds can damage your hearing in different ways! also that scientists are starting to believe that it may not always be caused via damage, and in some cases it could be that the brain for some reason or another has rewired it's self and in doing so has associated to many neurons to a particular frequency which is why you hear a sound when its quiet.

Also the fact that they are trying to reset the sound part of your brain by stimulating the Vagus nerve which may not undo damage but however re-program your brain to accept that this is normal.

for more info visit http://www.sciencedaily.com/re...

Chuck
Chuck

This research is very encouraging. I'm pleased to read that the clinical trials related to this research are moving forward in an accelerated manner. Many are hoping and praying that this research will find a cure for tinnitus. To everyone in any way whatsoever associated with this research, thank you!

Fersocyz
Fersocyz

I hope that the trial succeeds because there are a significant number of people in the civilian population suffering from this disorder. I wish Dr. Engineer and his partner all the success in the European trial.Zerk

louis
louis

hope it really works cus i really need it.i tried the oasis but it didn't work $3000.00 + and im still ringing.

Fran
Fran

how do I get in contact with emily martinez to get on the trial in europe

Marla
Marla

Sound therapy or music therapy right now works pretty well. There are companies like http://www.beyondtinnitus.com who are helping tinnitus patients. I don't know why everyone wants to implant something when you can treat tinnitus with specialized music therapy.

Gabe
Gabe

So how much are tickets to the "Doctor Engineer and the Vagus Nerve Stimulators" show?

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