Lecture ("Tinnitus: Ear or Brain") by Dirk De Ridder in Belgium on April 22, 2019

Discussion in 'Research News' started by Pero1234, Mar 27, 2019.

    1. FGG
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      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Multi-factorial
      That's definitely a source of frustration to me. It's always assumed unknown tinnitus is noise induced because everyone is exposed to traffic noise or construction noise or has been to a concert or has worn earphones.

      As you pointed out, though, sometimes tinnitus can have non cochlear causes (like TMJ or neck issues) or even cochlear causes not usually addressed (like PLF or atypical Meniere's). ENTs need way more training on how to work up tinnitus and patients need to rule out the treatable causes before jumping to TRT.

      It sounds like Susan Shore's device could really help you, but for me I don't have a somatic element to my tinnitus so I doubt it. As these treatments become available, the medical profession is going to have to get better at subtyping.
       
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    2. FGG
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      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Multi-factorial
      For me, that really puts it into perspective how far we have come. Crazy to think tinnitus wasn't even on the radar of the health field until recently.
       
    3. Joeseph Stope

      Joeseph Stope Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1992
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise? infection? negative stress? other?
      Well it ain't that simple. Please understand that my background knowledge that I gleaned and gathered about tinnitus was for the most part from back in the 90's. So my answer might or should be spread over some of the other threads if I was to be following the technically correct procedure.

      1]. Records of tinnitus go way back to the times of the ancient Pharaohs in Egypt. There is some Papyrus scroll dealing with it and the various remedies prescribed to deal with it. Almonds and honey (mixed with whiskey and tobacco ;) Ha! -- my own addition). I seem to recall reading of one other source on a clay tablet from ancient Syria or Sumeria which would put the record back further.

      Of course it was a medical condition well known to the medical practitioners right up till the present day. Beethoven suffered from it, the chap from Star Trek, William Shatner and Ronald Reagan. So we are all in good company. But the Doctors kind of cordoned it off. They knew that they couldn't cure it and most of the patients were pretty old anyway would soon die off. So the kind of put it on the back shelf so to speak.

      Acknowledging it as a topic for medical study and giving it the Scientific name of Tinnitus instead of "ringing in the ear" was one of the first big steps is bringing it off the back shelf to where it is today. Myself, I'm gob-smacked at the multiplicity of all the studies that are being published on the topic. Research really has come a long way since when I first got it.

      2]. One or two miscellaneous points:
      This topic of the Hough pill and whether it might have a bad effect on other organs if it is to reach the Cochlea. Well that ain't necessarily so. I need only mention Aspirin or the Salicylates (correct spelling?) like Basil, Thyme, Rosemary and those other herbs. They can have a noticeable effect on your tinnitus but they are common household items we might take every so often.

      3] One of the pieces of advice that I was given by the ENTs back in the 90s was to try and accustom myself to noise. "Don't lock yourself away" was the rule. I'm now at the stage of wondering was this advice good. Now that my tinnitus has got worse and doesn't respond to the TRT treatment as before I am thinking that perhaps I should have relocated to a quiet village somewhere where my OHC and IHC and ribbon synapses might have withstood the noise better. Perhaps I should have kept taking the magnesium powder as some French Military study from back then maintained that it does provide protection from noise.

      But if Santa Claus is arriving soon with the Hough and Frequency discoveries... Well that would be a life-changer.
      I only hope that it's not going to cost a fortune.
       
    4. Joeseph Stope

      Joeseph Stope Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1992
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise? infection? negative stress? other?
      After some success with TRT I tried to live as normal a life as possible. That meant getting used to everyday noise, avoiding the loud noise as much as possible. That's not easy living in a city. Every so often I would be subjected to something such as a police or ambulance siren, or a loud motor-bike or around New Year Christmas etc., a firecraker. If I had my hands free on time I would try and block my ears. But if I was caught by some loud noise exposure, it would sent my tinnitus up for the next week or two. My strategy then was just hope that it would subside. That seemed to work reasonably well for a a few years. But not any more. The last three years my tinnitus has gone one way... louder and shriller. Perhaps I should have kept taking the magnesium powder, perhaps I should have gone and lived in a quiet small town.

      Hoping now that some of these research efforts bring a cure or an effective treatment.
       

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