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Visual Snow and Tinnitus — Phantom PhenomenaVisual snow is a poorly understood condition. The patient experience is often one of being misunderstood, and research is in its infancy. What can be done? Two pioneers in this field, patient advocate Sierra Domb and neurologist Dr. Peter Goadsby, talk about their incredible experiences in trying to push the envelope for visual snow sufferers.

Much of this sounds eerily similar to the tinnitus experience, and we spoke extensively about the analogies between the two conditions. Both are invisible illnesses, both are related to sensory perception, both exist on a scale of severity, both are little recognised and severely underfunded.

Learn more about visual snow through the highly informative resources offered by the Visual Snow Initiative.

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Skip to: 00:00 Introducing Sierra Domb and Dr. Peter Goadsby.

Skip to: 05:13 What is visual snow?

Skip to: 09:21 Visual snow – “Is it real?“

It’s one thing to have a bad problem. It’s a whole other thing to have a bad problem that people tell you doesn’t exist.

Skip to: 16:53 Current neurological understanding of the condition.

Skip to: 23:31 Analogies between visual snow and tinnitus.

It is a continuous, low-level, non-formed signal which has some variation but it’s fundamentally there all the time. […] If I then said I was talking about tinnitus you wouldn’t be entirely surprised.

Skip to: 31:03 Things that make visual snow better or worse.

Skip to: 44:34 Visual Snow Initiative’s “Visual Imagery Project”

Skip to: 52:45 The state of visual snow (and tinnitus) research.

Skip to: 63:54 Fundraising and awareness raising challenges.

For a lot of people it’s very emotional so they have a lot of passion sometimes when they speak, but I’ve had to myself learn how to tone down the emotion and be pragmatic and when I speak use my words wisely to reach people, you know?”

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Comments (5)
  1. Please help me. I have severe visual snow, palinopsia, and ocular migraine. I am willing to join any clinical trials you have. I am struggling with this. Thank you.

  2. This is a very informative podcast and really great to hear a summary of research to date around Visual Snow. Thanks Tinnitus Talk for hosting this! And thank you to Peter and Sierra for spreading awareness of our condition.

  3. Thank you so much for this great podcast. I have both tinnitus and visual snow. It has been great to hear things that validate my experience. I am also willing to be involved in future clinical trials or questionnaires etc. I live in Australia and am a member of the Visual Snow Initiative Facebook page.

  4. My visual snow came on after being given Fluoroquinolone antibiotic Ciprofloxacin with Metoclopramide for 21 days. I developed multiple adverse effects that include tinnitus. My vision became blurred and I developed large floaters and light sensitivity. My body started twitching and spasming.

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