UT-Dallas Researchers' Potential Tinnitus Cure Rings Loudly in Scientific Community's Ears

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First I'd ever heard of tinnitus was when Who guitarist Pete Townshend announced the ringing in his ears had gotten so bad he might have to hang up his Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster for good. Then I became a music critic, stood too close to too many stages and speakers for too many years, and would eventually discover what it was like to always hear a high-pitched something even in absolute silence. But the University of Texas-Dallas sends word this morning that two of its researchers -- Dr. Michael Kilgard and Dr. Navzer Engineer, along with UTD-affiliated biotech firm MicroTransponder -- may have stumbled across if not a cure for tinnitus, then perhaps something approaching long-term relief.

The docs' research, funded with a $1.7-million grant from the National Institutes of Health and published this week in Nature and quickly making the rounds both here and abroad, suggests that tinnitus is reversible after all -- that the perpetual ringing in the ears can be turned down, if not switched off altogether. Long story short: The docs found that if they exposed rats to sound while at the same time electrically stimulating the vagus nerve (which is apparently also called the "cranial nerve X," which just triggered the rare Band Name and Album Title Alert), they could eliminate the ringing in the ears. (Though how one finds a rat with tinnitus ...)

Says Engineer in the UTD release, "This minimally invasive method of generating neural plasticity allows us to precisely manipulate brain circuits, which cannot be achieved with drugs. Pairing sounds with VNS provides that precision by rewiring damaged circuits and reversing the abnormal activity that generates the phantom sound." Clinical trials are scheduled to begin on humans in the next few months. Which reminds me: Kids, turn down the iPod. And get yourself a case of earplugs.
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northern sydney
northern sydney

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Ohrensausen

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Tinnitus Treatment
Tinnitus Treatment

This will be very helpful tips in curing tinnitus, I haven't really experienced it but I'm sure it's really good well it's really good to feel something wrong with our health. Well, I wish I never experience it and I will do my best to avoid it.

Holly
Holly

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daikuya
daikuya

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Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

From Dr. Engineer, to those interested in updates and participation:

"You can also let them know that they can go to www.microtransponder.com to be placed on an update email list for any future Tinnitus updates by emailing tinnitus@microtransponder.com."

CV
CV

Please remove my name and post as cv

Cvesey
Cvesey

I would like to know more and possibly participate. CV

Dallas_Conservative
Dallas_Conservative

Please give them my e-mail for the trials!! Can you at least publish their contact for for the clinical trials? Thank you...

Pam
Pam

My doctor prescribed an antibiotic fooir an infection I had and I had taken this drug previously. I had a reaction to it which resulted in tinnitus. 2 years have passed and the ringing continues. I want to be part of the clinical trials .. .anything for some relief

Surfant
Surfant

errrrr

regarding the "manipulation of circuits" wouldnt it be better to fix the leaking pipe ( the hairs in spasm in the ear) rather than destroying the boiler !

Ty_Jenn_hay
Ty_Jenn_hay

I have had the ringing for 15 years now and it is as hard to live with as ever.. Please help!!!!!!

Greg H.
Greg H.

Keep up the great work! The team over at Microtransponder are some of the hardest working people I've ever known and deserve major gratitude for their efforts. Thank you to William Rosellini and Jordan Curnes for helping to lead the charge.

Greg H.

Rob
Rob

Can I voulenteer please?

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glasgowkev
glasgowkev

I just turned down the drugs and told the neurologist i did not want to go to hospital 4 a week and be monitored on more drugs that take 2 - 4 weeks to kick in......I really hope this works....Very good news....MUCHOS GRACIAS from SCOTLAND..:>D....lolYeah Baby! gonna show this to my Dr on monday....and that bloody arrogant brain doctor. His shit stinks like all the rest, now he can remove his mechanic knows best attitude for something realistic. GOD BLESS THE CREATIVE CURIOSITY Of THE FLESH-EATING HUMANS.....ONE DAY THAT TOO! WILL EVOLVE AND WE WILL GET A GRIP ON REALITY FOR THE FIRST TIME....YEAH! A PLANET WITH NO! I REPEAT... NO!...KILLING BY HUMANS MMMMMMMM! Now we wait for the absurd to become reality.Cheer the sympathetic institution.Our desires command reflection.What a wonderful release it would be.

carver
carver

I've had tinnitus for over 20 years and I would LOVE to get rid of it - sign me up for white rat duty.

DaveS
DaveS

Add another military veteran to the list. I've had tinnitus for 15 years from working around military aircraft on the flightline. I also find that I need white noise at night to be able to sleep or else the constant ringing in my ears turns into a "make it stop!" jaw-clenching fight to relax.

I would welcome the peace of mind that turning the ringing off would bring. Get this treatment to the Veterans Administration as soon as possible.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

To those wondering about clinical trials, I will ask UTD officials tomorrow how they're accepting applicants and let you know in the morning how you can sign up, or if it's even possible.

Dolphinsingr
Dolphinsingr

If only...I've had jet engines whistling in my ears most of my life. It was caused by incorrectly prescribed high doses of aspirin at the beginning of my rheumatoid arthritis when they didn't know what to do for it. I always thought, "It blew my circuits." Looks like I might not have been whistling in the dark! Most of the time I block it out unconsciously by listening to something else. It is the most annoying when I'm trying to go to sleep so I always have have something to listen to like an audiobook or TV. Here's a twist: As an HSP (highly sensitive person) all of my senses are very acute including extremely sensitive hearing. I cannot stand fireworks or loud concerts so I guess that protects my hearing. However, screeching sounds like a power saw or traffic noises make my teeth grind and irritating, distracting sounds make me too nervous to think carefully or remember things.So it would be wonderful to LOSE THE TINNITUS and maybe be stimulated to not be as sensitive to sounds in the daily environment. I'd jump at the chance to be in the trials!

Supporter
Supporter

Another interesting scientific breakthrough coming out of UTD. Hopefully when Perry makes his inevitable cuts to higher education to battle the budget deficit, UTD doesn't get hit too hard. We all know he isn't going to cut a cent at his precious (and already heavily funded) A&M, and cutting funding at heavily funded UT Austin will be political suicide. I am afraid UTD and other smaller TX colleges will bear the brunt, I hope it doesn't affect life changing research like this.

Also, I hate how whenever something good comes out of UTD, they quote it as coming from "The University of Texas." The Mirror article linked in this article refers to it as such.

Ramdrive
Ramdrive

I've suffered for just over one year. It started after contracting H1N1.

Shebardigan
Shebardigan

Viet-Nam veteran. 24-by-365.2425 tinnitus. Ready to participate in research.

Bill
Bill

I'm available if you need a subject.

Michael
Michael

Sounds really promising; I have had tinnitus for years, and I live only a couple of miles from UTD. I hope there will be a clinical trial.

cp
cp

Nice hairy ear..

Liberal America
Liberal America

It took them $1.7-million to learn if you tell her to shut up the annoying sound in your ear stops

Wade Jackson
Wade Jackson

I think its more fascinating they were able to find a talking rat who could sit up and tell the researchers: "Dude...THANKS! The ringing has STOPPED!"

El Rey
El Rey

I left the military with some hearing loss (Army Aviation - Go Air Cav!); luckily I do not have tinnitus like some of my buddies. I look forward to seeing a better treatment or a cure for this affliction in the future.

Also, "Dr. Navzer Engineer". Wow, I bet this didn't dissuade him one bit from following his dreams and becoming a ballet dancer. Oh wait...

ChrisU
ChrisU

that is some great news. wonder what those poor rats were exposed to...Ted Nugent?..Neon Indian?...

rachum
rachum

One time I went to a concert with some friends of yours and I started making fun of the two squares in front of us who were wearing earplugs. Our friend, we'll call her "R", then pulled back her hair revealing that she too was wearing them. Sorry folks, the coolness factor plummets with earplugs...health risk or not. And as we know, it's all about being cool. And that's why I smoke...because it's cool.

PDW
PDW

Let me tell you, wearing hearing aids at a young age because of carelessness isn't that freaking cool either...I'd go back and wear earplugs to all those concerts anyday if I could do it all over.

warden62
warden62

Good god, can't any of you detect sarcasm?

p b
p b

what a pity you wont be able to hear me laughing at you when you go deaf

Al
Al

Because of the ringing in her ears, or because she won't be able to hear you over her own coughing?

Doug Robinson
Doug Robinson

I want the contact info needed to sign on for the clinical trials.

Markallen
Markallen

Good news. But that photo is right out if some lost David Lynch film. *shudder*

Paula
Paula

If they need a non-rat guinea pig (...wait...), I'm available!

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