(Wallace and) Grommets for Hyperacusis

Discussion in 'Support' started by japongus, Jul 7, 2016.

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    1. japongus

      japongus Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      The latest June 2016 update of one of the internet's main reference pages for ear issues, Timothy Hain's Chicago Dizziness and Balance site has a brief mysterious mention of the use of PE tubes for hyperacusis.

      It's not the statement you think it is, the one that's been around for years, according to wayback machine, that
      He's added the following to it:
      and

      The only possible reference to PE tubes in H I found was cbBen at chat-h but I'm not sure if he was only referring to his T which he says was a fail.

      I'm surprised Hain doesn't mention eustachian tube issues, whether of too much closure (and therefore too much pressure inside) or too open, whatevertf that means, as having something to do with this success, as PE tubes are apparently used for eustachian tube dysfunction, T at least has been related often with eustachian or veli palatini rumbling roaring tinnitus in various places like here or here, in addition to experiences all over the forums about the middle ear's possible involvement in H, some positive, some negative, that mention rumbling and roaring, and the debate about whether roaring is the veli palatini or cochlear hydrops. Obviously Hain isn't on the same level as those mysterious audiologists 'curing' obvious Tullio's (including possible fistula) with pink noise and we don't all have time for interminable speculation on forums.

      He's also not a believer in most of the middle ear theories and on that same page attributes H to an absence of middle ear muscles, not to an exaggerated presence due to H or not due to H and due to whatever. And if by 'disarticulation of the ossicular chain' he means Silverstein's reinforcement graft for the oval window, then he doesn't believe in a hypermobile stapes, he just believes that what's really happening is sound is being blocked from entering the nervous system. So it'll be interesting to see how this pans out.
       
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    2. lapidus

      lapidus Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Interesting find Japongus. I've never encountered anything about PE tubes for H before.
       
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    3. japongus

      japongus Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      Neither I. Who lives near Chicago, has insurance and so on and can schedule an appointment? Maybe we can crowdsource any questions we have for him.
       
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    4. lapidus

      lapidus Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Did you try to email him your questions?
       
    5. japongus

      japongus Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      No. I'll try.

      I doubt he'll say much. Isn't there a lot more to speculate about when after all these years we were told H was due to SNHL and this one seems so much closer to conductive hearing loss or blockage.... and yet he barely just doesn't even give a reason as to why it might be working.
       
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