Patient Involvement in Tinnitus Research — What Can Be Improved?

Discussion in 'Research News' started by Hazel, Mar 6, 2019.

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I’d like to see tinnitus patients be more involved in (select max. 3 options):

  1. Identification of research priorities

  2. Allocation of research funding

  3. Study design

  4. Participation in clinical trials

  5. Participation beyond clinical trials (e.g. data collection, analysis, tools development)

  6. Updates on ongoing studies

  7. Communication/dissemination of results

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    1. Hazel
      Dreaming

      Hazel Director Staff Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      the Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      one-sided hearing loss (of unknown origin)
      At the end of March, I will be attending an ESIT (European School on Interdisciplinary Tinnitus Research) meeting in Milan. Tinnitus Hub is part of ESIT’s supervisory board. You can find more information about ESIT here.

      ESIT management has asked me to give a presentation during the meeting about how to involve tinnitus patients in research. And it got me thinking: What can be improved in this regard? Participation in clinical trials is the typical way of involving patients, but it hardly gives patients a say in how the research is conducted, and often even clinical trial participants – let alone the broader patient community – are not properly informed of research outcomes.

      It seems to me that patients could be involved at various steps in the research process. I’ve listed the most obvious ones in the poll above – Please fill it in, because I will be presenting the results to the ESIT researchers!

      Do you have any other ideas for how patients could be involved? Let us know, and we’ll bring your input forward at the ESIT meeting!
       
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    2. Starthrower
      Wtf

      Starthrower Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      January 2002
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Dental Surgery
      Doing podcasts with @Jack Straw and Tinnitus Hub/Tinnitus Talk to keep patients informed on research progress. :)
       
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    3. Jack Straw
      Balanced

      Jack Straw Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      1990s
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Infection, Acoustic Trauma
      Giving me more work I see ;)
       
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      Hazel
      Dreaming

      Hazel Director Staff Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      the Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      one-sided hearing loss (of unknown origin)
      Hey ho, just boosting this thread!

      I think I already got enough for my presentation, but more data is always better, so anyone reading this who hasn't filled in the poll yet, please do!

      Some interesting results so far, btw. I won't comment yet, since I don't want to influence new voters :)
       
    5. Jazzer

      Jazzer Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      1/1995
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      Yea - keep ‘im at it,
      you know what a lazy git he can be......!
      (Oops.)
       
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    6. PeteJ
      Depressed

      PeteJ Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma?
      Can't they include more people in the trials?

      Perhaps, explain in various ways, including plain language, what their explanation is for why you get tinnitus - or what theories they have?

      Is there any way they could combine their efforts - but, is it mostly 'trying to be the one' that has the best treatment method/device - because, I always worry that when one is pursuing profit, if it's not humanitarian/altruistic, people suffering get lost in the loop.

      I apologize if my questions/comments are not good or helpful.
       
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    7. Greg Sacramento

      Greg Sacramento Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      syringing and now somatic T dental work
      Excellent survey idea with ideal questions.

      Completed the survey a couple of days ago and been thinking about Identification of research priorities and Updates on ongoing studies. Many times this isn't done with non public companies, so 5 stars for the importance of this survey.

      For the last few months I have been talking to someone with full cervical and mandibular problems.
      The mandibular condyle is a rounded projection at the end of the lower jaw, or mandible. This particular part of the lower jaw articulates, or unites, with the skull. It is actually better known as the condyloid process, which refers to the condyle itself and another part of the lower jaw. Caused often from arthritis and interactions to facet joints from a straightening C spine.

      After all types of somatic physical research I thought that this may be a big part of the person's problem. A research article mentioned that an outpatient arthroscopic procedure cures many with tinnitus. I mention for this person to discuss with doctors either a jaw MRI or 3D cone beam study. A jaw MRI was done and the condyle was a problem so an arthroscopic procedure will be done.

      The research article/study did not expand on other briefly mentioned identifications of injection treatment and/or muscle relaxers for neck facet joints. Both areas for treatment need to be discussed when tinnitus is present, not just the condyle. Nor has there been any updates from patient studies. When both areas are treated many have remarkable tinnitus reduction.

      When our results of this survey are shared (ESIT) and taken notice by doctors/dentists then we have made great awareness to some of our needs.

      Thank you to all involved.
       
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    8. BreachOfEuphoria
      In pain

      BreachOfEuphoria Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      What you are doing here is great!

      I filled out the poll.

      I voted:
      Participation in clinical trials
      Participation beyond clinical trials (e.g. data collection, analysis, tools development)
      Communication/dissemination of results

      Does somatic tinnitus count? I will try and answer your questions as best as I can.

      What could improve? If tinnitus sufferers were invited to the laboratory, hospital or wherever scientific data could be collected and then in co-operation with neurologists, ENTs, rheumatologists, chiropractors, physiotherapists and neuroscientists tests were carried out on the nervous system for example.

      Check for things that can cause the somatic tinnitus.

      I would be happy to be a human guinea pig so I could help humanity. If I'm going to commit suicide because of this I might as well help humanity first.

      For example: Let's imagine that a patient A has tinnitus present ONLY because one single nerve is entrapped somewhere in the neck, jaw or elsewhere in the body.
      Patient A wants to know what the root cause of his or hers somatic tinnitus is.

      Is it not possible to do a nerve block on a certain nerve? Numb the nerve (with Lidocaine for example) and then ask patient A if the tinnitus is still there?

      I know medical science is not always that simple but in some cases it IS that simple. And we have to start somewhere.

      Please let me know if you can use my post at all.
       
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    9. Jcb
      No Mood

      Jcb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      possible TMJ, came on after severe cold and chest infection,
      Chose my options for the poll. This sounds good. I know I keep saying it and sound like a broken record but I appreciate all of your hard work on here. I feel like you are all trying to find a way to help us, no matter how big or small and with the limited resources you have it’s much appreciated (since I’ve had tinnitus I find it hard to put what I’m thinking into words :banghead: so basically I’m saying you all are hard working and kick arse peeps and many of us appreciate this)
       
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    10. BreachOfEuphoria
      In pain

      BreachOfEuphoria Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Thank you for the likes!

      I would like, in any way I can, to help.
       
    11. Alue
      No Mood

      Alue Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Good question. I think identification of research priorities and participation beyond clinical trials are the two biggest for me. I'm tempted to put 'study design' but I understand why that's out of patient's hands. In previous clinical trials that I've been a participant in (the AM-101 trials), I think I can identify a few flaws in the study design that contributed to the inconsistent results.
       
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    12. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Can you please elaborate on what those flaws were?
       
    13. Alue
      No Mood

      Alue Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      The biggest one was the non standardized way they prepped for the injections. Some sites used phenol to numb the eardrum requiring just a little dab on the eardrum with no suctioning, other sites used lidocaine which always requires suctioning of the eardrum. A lot of us here know suctioning is very loud and, in my opinion, can cause further damage to people whose ears are already damaged (I know some ENT's don't believe so). The lidocaine itself can mute tinnitus temporarily, but I suspect a number of people that got worse after the injections got worse because of the procedure itself and not the drug.

      I had a total of 18 shots into my ears (3 shots per round and 3 rounds). I got the real drug all three rounds and the only time I experienced any worsening was the first shot when the doctor put a little too much phenol in one of my ears and suctioned it out. I immediately got a new loud tone in that ear that faded to a very soft tone after about half an hour then went back to normal after a few days. One out of 18, there's no doubt in my mind it was the suctioning that caused an adverse effect for me.
       
    14. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Oh that's an interesting point... certainly it seems they should avoid anything that could modify T in any way, other than the drug under test of course. But like you said: they probably think that suctioning can't impact tinnitus.

      How did your ears heal from that many holes? Did they reuse existing holes when injecting again?
       
    15. Alue
      No Mood

      Alue Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      They healed just fine. For each phase they reused the hole from the previous day. I have no idea how doctors hands are that steady, I could never do that, but I did have great surgeons (neurotologists) for the trials. I've had my eardrums looked at a number of time since and doctors can't even tell that they were injected. Eardrums generally heal themselves very well.
       
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    16. Johan_L

      Johan_L Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Can you link to this article? I am seeing an ENT tomorrow because of my jaw pains...

      I don't know what to say when I read this. Going back to Hazel's original question: How can we educate ENTs/the tinnitus research community in these things that are "no brainers" for us sufferers? Of course suctioning is a risk for somebody with noise trauma and can impact tinnitus.

      (With that said, my ENT understood that suctioning was not an option due to noise levels...)
       
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    17. Kste Adams
      Studious

      Kste Adams Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      TMD, Noise?
      It could be an interesting group project to develop something like Tinnitus for Dummies or What Tinnitus Sufferers Wish Their Doctors Understood. No amount of medical knowledge can substitute for actually living with the condition, but I think we could help close the gap. The worst part of tinnitus is that you can't control it and you can't get away from it. No audio files on the web can convey that feeling of being totally at the mercy of this awful condition.
       
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    18. Zug
      Woot

      Zug Member Benefactor

      Hey @Hazel, I went through the options, but I kinda disagree with the phrasing of one of the choices, so here are my two cents:

      Raising money/resources for research. You wrote allocation, I'm thinking about getting involved in raising the resources. I'm also not talking only about donations, but tinnitus patients can try to lobby / intervene with public representatives to raise money for research/fund courses in med schools, etc., raise money from a broader audience, and so on. Allocation is often a more technical decision.

      Good luck!
       
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    19. ganga66

      ganga66 Member

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sarcoidosis
      Involving patients at a local level upon diagnosis would be beneficial. Ask what effect is the tinnitus having on your work life, home life, ability to cope stress levels. Signpost to local groups and other sufferers. All too often ENT and audiologist dept. do not see patients as individuals, one size does not fit all.
       

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