University of Minnesota Tinnitus Research with Acoustic and Body Stimulation

Discussion in 'Research News' started by kelpiemsp, Apr 2, 2018.

    1. GlennS

      GlennS Member Podcast Patron Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1992
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music
      Here's the thing. Don't all three devices go through three different body locations to apply the stimulation? That could be a factor for why UoM seemed to work better than Lenire (plus the Bluetooth vs. wired). To assume that all three are interchangeable seems like a mistake.
       
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    2. Bartoli

      Bartoli Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009,worsened 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      Didn't they take Lim on board around the time they were launching? I suppose that means none of Lim's research has found its way into the current version of Lenire?
       
    3. GlennS

      GlennS Member Podcast Patron Hall of Fame

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      From the Vimeo presentation I got the sense that the reprogramming at half-way was Lim's idea. Not having access to it anymore I can't verify but it sure seemed like he was taking credit for that idea--which hasn't fared well in the field.
       
    4. jmasterj
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      2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic?
      That is my understanding. They were pretty much ready to release when Neuromod brought on Lim. He mostly did presentations at various hearing/audiology events. I know Neuromod used some of Lim's earlier research to develop their device, but he wasn't involved at all. Maybe in Lenire 2.0. Of course I have 1.0 and it is pretty much a 2500 dollar paper weight.
       
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    5. jmasterj
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      That is true. Neuromod uses the tongue, Minnesota uses the ear (though Lim in his research mentions the tongue as a good pathway as well), and Michigan uses the jaw and neck based on where you can modulate your tinnitus.
       
    6. Chinmoku

      Chinmoku Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Started with a cold, possibly worsened by medication/noise
      Yes, at least from a number of anecdotal reports here.

      Re-reading this thread I feel sad, I don't think Lenire really incorporated Minnesota. I feel like we all have lost an opportunity despite Dr Lim's statements above.
       
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    7. Bartoli

      Bartoli Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009,worsened 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      Is that the infamous presentation that nearly no one has seen and was taken off the internet soon after?
       
    8. annV
      Fine

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      Tinnitus Since:
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      unknown - possibly hereditary
      The presentation is here.

      https://gofile.io/d/xNChhH

      Get it now because Neuromod wants all of this deleted, I bet it will take less than 10 hours for this to be gone.
       
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    9. MarkLud

      MarkLud Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise/music/unknown
      I try to be positive with all of this stuff and have come a long way as far as getting used to my tinnitus, coping, etc. That said, this sounds pretty terrible on the surface lol. I had extremely high hopes for a Minnesota device based on Kelpie's success.
       
    10. Mathew Gould

      Mathew Gould Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Neck/Jaw misalignment
      What happened? The Minnesota device is not that good now?
       
    11. Croaker
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      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2019
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      Unknown
      It was abandoned in favor of Lenire.
       
    12. Mathew Gould

      Mathew Gould Member Benefactor

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      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Neck/Jaw misalignment
      Might be a good thing if it was very similar anyways??

      Why? Because of Lim choosing Lenire??
       
    13. just1morething
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      2008?
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barotrauma from airplane in 2008 (hard to accept) TMJD
      I wonder if it’s too late to look into?
       
    14. tommyd87

      tommyd87 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      tmj music
      No longer exists.
       
    15. just1morething
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      Barotrauma from airplane in 2008 (hard to accept) TMJD
      I wonder if @kelpiemsp had to sign a NDA? He doesn't seem around anymore.
       
    16. Emgee

      Emgee Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

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      Modern Society = Too Loud
      It’s crazy how bimodal stimulation is missing a huge opportunity right now. While Lenire is available (controversial effectiveness), where is Susan Shore’s device? Where is the University of Minnesota device?

      In a few years, it appears that we can expect FX-322, OTO-413, the Hough pill, and other regenerative medicines. In my opinion, these medicines offer the highest likelihood of really putting a dent into tinnitus. These medicines are designed to treat the underlying cause (hearing loss/damage), which should produce the most efficacious results. If bimodal stimulation devices come out around the same time as regenerative medicine, what is the point? It’s going to be too late when they finally reach the market.
       
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    17. FGG
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      Not every cause of tinnitus is cochlear. You can have conductive problems (middle ear), TMJ, neck injury, etc. While many of these are treatable, they can take a long time (years) and some aren't. Effective bimodal stimulation is definitely still needed.
       
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    18. Emgee

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      They’re definitely needed, especially in the case of non-cochlear causes. I’m just upset with the time it has taken to get these devices developed. I understand they want them to be efficacious, but it seems like progress has taken forever.

      In the case of direct cochlear damage/causes, bimodal devices will certainly lose out on potential users. While bimodal stimulation will still be successful, the field as a whole is missing out on a massive opportunity right now as they could have bridged the gap until regenerative medicine hits the market.
       
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    19. tommyd87

      tommyd87 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
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      The system Susan Shore is investigating is interesting. It seems that there is no real progress with it, if anyone asks about it (like people on here have) there seems to be vague information released and that there is no knowledge around whether it will be actually released or whether it will be proven to function effectively.

      Essentially I am wondering whether this device or similar either simply do not work at all or there is far too much mucking around to try and get something on the market maybe due to the manufacturer being an absolute perfectionist.
       
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    20. WillBeNimble
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      So, from what I've gathered, University of Minnesota's device stalled because Lim is working with Lenire.

      University of Michigan's (Susan Shore's) device stalled because she needed to run phase 2 tests, but then COVID-19 struck. As such, Shore can't move.
       
    21. Mathew Gould

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      Tinnitus Since:
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      Neck/Jaw misalignment
      Which of the NON-bimodal devices will treat tinnitus from neck/TMJ issues??
       
    22. Emgee

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      I believe they are currently in their second trial and estimate it to be complete by early fall. It’s likely that COVID-19 may impact this plan. There does not appear to be a timeframe for commercialization at this point. Providing it produces some positive effect on tinnitus, it would have been a great device to help us through until regenerative medicine is accessible.
       
    23. FGG
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      Physical therapy and splinting has helped a lot of people with those issues.
       
    24. UKBloke

      UKBloke Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

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      Don't forget that Susan Shore set the tinnitus onset criteria in her Phase 2 trial to preferably <1 year. There are huge problems with this.
       
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    25. WillBeNimble
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      This is a common issue, and while I understand and agree that this doesn't inspire confidence in chronic sufferers, you need to be able to walk before you can crawl. Finding a way to help acute patients is most likely the first step to helping chronic.
       
    26. UKBloke

      UKBloke Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

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      I'm not so sure about that. Is the implication that acute and chronic are two separate conditions? Another issue is that even the medical community don't seem able to agree on when acute tinnitus becomes chronic.
       
    27. tommyd87

      tommyd87 Member

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      1999
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      tmj music
      Yeah @WillBeNimble is correct with his point, although I am again thinking that there is absolutely minimal confidence with this device.
       
    28. UKBloke

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      I'm not sure what the point is though. Is it that we have to learn to crawl before we can walk, or is the "common issue" something to do with how Phase 2 trials are conducted?

      7 years ago when Susan Shore went on the record to declare that her team were developing a device to stop tinnitus she didn't make any inference to acute or chronic or distinguish between the two. She just spoke about tinnitus. And yet here we are in 2020 with a Phase 2 trial in motion where the participant criteria specifically calls for time since tinnitus onset of preferably <1 year, which in my view, is still the acute phase.

      If we compare this with Neuromod; despite all their failings re lack of peer review they did at least open their Phase 2 trial to patients with time since tinnitus onset of <5 years meaning the chance of any improvement being attributable to natural remission is greatly reduced. This is a big difference I think that people need to be aware of.
       
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    29. Mathew Gould

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      So Susan Shore's device isn't going to work for anybody who has had tinnitus for over 1 year!?!?!
       
    30. UKBloke

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      Who knows? :)

      One thing I can share; I had an email chat with Thanos Tzounopoulos about this problematic acute/chronic scenario with respect to how his research might apply specifically to someone in the chronic phase. He just stated that the specifics of the trial haven't yet been set. At first I felt this answer might be a bit vague but reading between the lines, I think he's actually spot on by saying that essentially the profile criteria of the trial participants reflects the profile criteria of the end patient the regimen aims to treat. So for us, I suppose we need to be looking at trials that are a bit less strict with time since tinnitus onset.
       
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