Ringing In Good News As Another UT-Dallas Professor Does His Own Tinnitus Research

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Every couple of weeks someone asks how goes those UT-Dallas docs' tinnitus research, which, last we heard, would begin with clinical trials in Belgium. Well, so happens that Dr. Michael Kilgard and Dr. Navzer Engineer, hoping to discover the sound of silence via nerve stimulation, are over there at this very moment -- "and we hope to have some results in the next month, some early results," says UTD spokesperson Emily Martinez.

Those of us among the 250 million worldwide afflicted with that constant high-pitched whine in our ears anxiously await the results. Also: I always look forward to using the phrase "Dr. Engineer."

The reason I called Martinez this afternoon was this UTD dispatch concerning further tinnitus research taking place at the school, courtesy a three-year, $135,000 grant from the American Tinnitus Association. Turns out, Dr. Tres Thompson's tinnitus work isn't related to his colleagues' study; this, says Martinez, is a bit more "basic science." But long story short: Thompson's looking into whether the cause of that perpetual ringing is related to the hippocampus, the part of the brain that actually has to do with memory-making. According to the UTD release, Thompson discovered that ...
... exposure to loud noises induces plasticity in the hippocampus, a section of the brain not primarily associated with hearing but known for learning-related plasticity. This neuroplasticity -- changes in the function of the brain in reaction to experiences -- could open the door to long-term tinnitus. ... The next stage of research will focus on drug treatments aimed at reducing or reversing plasticity. Thompson wants to test whether certain drugs targeting plasticity mechanisms might inhibit or change plasticity, protecting against tinnitus.
Says Martinez, "I still get emails on a weekly basis from patients all over the world eager for hopeful news about treatments." Whatever works.
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SamualJames
SamualJames

His blog willthose help who are trying for the best aids so the it can be cured fully and soon.Also helpful in taking self precautions

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Ronzio Nelle Orecchie
Ronzio Nelle Orecchie

Nice to hear about new research as ringing in ears is becoming a common problem these days so safety is important concern so it should not be ignored instead of this should be ask for medical attention.

Abamovich
Abamovich

Whatever works?  Not in my opinion.  Drugs have side effects and who wants to be on drugs for the rest of their life.  Clearly the only real 'cure' for this is the permanent one off treatment so that we wont need drugs (or would that not make enough money?).  It looks like the pharmaceutical companies are trying to get their claws into this one to prevent a cure and instead create a profitable lifelong 'treatment'/drug addiction.  In fact, perhaps that's what all this stalling is really about.

Jim
Jim

I chalk mine up to UFO/Saxon concert circa 1982 at Chicago's International Amphitheatre.......and I didn't even like Saxon.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Junior Miller has been suffering from it for about a year, since he attended a nascar race...in the pits...without earplugs. (SPORTS)

Doctor Mombasa
Doctor Mombasa

At 55, I still don't want to admit that my parents were right.

LaceyB
LaceyB

Didn't the Observer technically give you tinnitus from listening to all those awesome bands at such incredibly loud levels to write reviews, Robert?

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