Recruiting Acoustic Stimulation Paired With Body and Cortical Stimulation for Modulating Tinnitus

To investigate stimulation parameters for modulating the brain to decrease tinnitus perception.

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    1. Tinnitus Talk
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      Acoustic Stimulation Paired With Body and Cortical Stimulation for Modulating Tinnitus - To investigate stimulation parameters for modulating the brain to decrease tinnitus perception.

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    2. marqualler
      Nerdy

      marqualler Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Minneapolis, MN
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection / Mild Noise Induced Hearing Loss
      Hi all--this is a study that I found yesterday. I received a response from the main researcher who is doing the study and is likely to start recruiting in February. I'm lucky because I live in Minneapolis, where the study will take place (and where I went to college and where my wife works...!) and this study looks interesting because of the link to cortical stimulation, which is sometimes used to treat epilepsy. And based on the Trobalt / AUT63 noise, that seems like a good starting point...(Somebody who is much more well-versed than me in cortical stimulation can confirm or deny whether or not I am on the right track here.)

      Here is Dr. Hubert Lim's bio as well.
       
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    3. uncle vikin
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      uncle vikin Member

      Location:
      nashville tennessee
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Subjective tinnitus r ear cause ( unknown)
      I saw a video last night TED a multi topic talk media .Two neuro doctors we're using electro-stimulus in parts of the brain to cure symptoms of varies conditions .There is a part of the brain that has been very suspect in the cause of tinnitus .The part of the brain is called Nucleus Accumbens it regulates what is important and what is not important as tinnitus should not be important and treated as a non threat the Nucleus Accumbens treats the sounds of T as important ,bringing it to our consciousness .If they could stimulate this area of the brain mabe it could stop tinnitus.
       
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    4. marqualler
      Nerdy

      marqualler Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Minneapolis, MN
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection / Mild Noise Induced Hearing Loss
      Just an update on this--the researcher contacted me yesterday and said they will begin recruiting participants in mid-March. They just got the last piece of equipment that they needed this past week. He will reach out to me so, assuming that I am a participant, I will let you know what happens.
       
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    5. marqualler
      Nerdy

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      Location:
      Minneapolis, MN
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection / Mild Noise Induced Hearing Loss
      Update:

      Attached is the flyer for this study. They have officially begun to start recruiting.

      Expect a Q&A with Dr. Lim in mid-July.
       

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    6. Danny Boy
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      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      Where's the trial based?
       
    7. marqualler
      Nerdy

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      Location:
      Minneapolis, MN
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection / Mild Noise Induced Hearing Loss
      It is in Minneapolis, MN.
       
    8. Danny Boy
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      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      Ah, shame.
       
    9. marqualler
      Nerdy

      marqualler Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Minneapolis, MN
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection / Mild Noise Induced Hearing Loss
      I'll let you all know how it goes--the idea of it is if they are able to modulate tinnitus at all using the different trigger parts on my body that they may be able to create a device that reduces the tinnitus percept. I'll be putting a Q&A together with Dr. Lim who will certainly have more depth of knowledge to share with all.
       
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    10. marqualler
      Nerdy

      marqualler Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Minneapolis, MN
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection / Mild Noise Induced Hearing Loss
      Update: went for my first day of the study today, which was just filling out paperwork and doing a Tinnitus Reaction Questionnaire. Will do some testing (audiogram, tinnitus loudness, tinnitus tone matching) next time, then onto the actual testing. They are hopeful that their modulation will do "something" for sessions 3-12, then may move on to TMS for sessions 13-16.

      Came away with a $40 Visa gift card for filling out some paperwork and will take home $60 gift cards for the remaining sessions, up to 16. Thinking this extra $$$ can come in handy for buying Timberwolves seasons tickets this year... :)
       
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    11. Danny Boy
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      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      If only this was in England...Grrrrr
       
    12. marqualler
      Nerdy

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      Location:
      Minneapolis, MN
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection / Mild Noise Induced Hearing Loss
      So I was unfortunately "denied" entry to this study. I guess the good news is that they deemed my tinnitus to be too mild to participate. Alas...

      I'd still recommend anybody within earshot of Minneapolis, MN to contact them. (@just1morething & @Richard Wallace I'm thinking of you two.) The study researchers are incredibly nice and funny and I got a great vibe from them. And their research seems like it is on the right track. And just for participating in step 1, you get paid $40. My initial study was just filling out a questionnaire and talking to one of the study conductors for 20 minutes or so.

      I am still planning to follow up with Dr. Lim to get a Q&A here--and I shared with them the TMS article that we have been discussing in the other forum. So there are other ways to participate here.

      Best wishes to all!
       
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    13. just1morething
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      just1morething Member Benefactor

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      barotrauma from airplane descent, noise exposure? ETD? TMJD?
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    14. Esther

      Esther Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2110
      Thank you for keeping us posted on this study....would love for one to open up in the New York area.
       
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    15. just1morething
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      just1morething Member Benefactor

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      barotrauma from airplane descent, noise exposure? ETD? TMJD?
      I contacted them via email and have to complete some forms to send back to the Univ. of MN, Jennifer Wittman, mSync Researcher.
       
    16. steinamo
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      steinamo Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      July 2015
      I spoke with one of the researchers for this study yesterday. You say you were denied because your tinnitus is too mild...I'm concerned they'll tell me the same thing! Mine is pretty mild, but I work in a super quiet office environment so I can hear it pretty much 100% of the time when we're in meetings and discussions.
       
    17. Aussie Lea
      Dramaqueen

      Aussie Lea Member

      Location:
      Melbourne Yarra Valley
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/09/2013
      Did you get accepted to the study??
       
    18. JohnK
      Lonely

      JohnK Member

      Location:
      San Francisco
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/26/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Who knows?
      Anyone accepted to this?
       
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    19. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      I'm participating in something very, very similar -- but I don't think it's the exact same study here.
       
    20. Bran350
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      Bran350 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Keep us updated! Hope it goes well!
       
    21. Song interpreter
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      Song interpreter Member

      Location:
      Southern California
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Too much noise
      Even if we can't participate, I'm sure we all hope it brings an effective treatment or even a cure much closer! Sounds like a good study! I'm too far away and I have had my tinnitus for about five years.
       
    22. Sound Wave
      Curious

      Sound Wave Member Benefactor Team Tech

      Location:
      Finland
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably headphones
      This an interersting approach. Subscribed to this thread. Keep us all posted!
       
    23. Mricha37

      Mricha37 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Car subwoofers for 6 years

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