Cure Tinnitus With Drugs? Tinnitus Research & Monthly News Update | Ep. 05

it's now march 2021 so it's time for the monthly pure tinnitus video newsletter a full catch-up on what's going on here with pure tinnitus with the youtube channel and everything you need to know about what i've been working on about how to serve you anyone who has tinnitus for this month we're going to cover the recent videos that have been gaining a lot of popularity some guest articles that i wrote for other websites and then an update on group coaching as well as a collaboration i did with julian cowan hill there's two recent videos that were released around the beginning of march 2021 and the first that i made was about frequency therapeutics the second was about autonomy oto313 and fx322 those are both pharmaceutical drugs that are being researched to potentially cure tinnitus and hearing loss check out those videos to get more details but as a glance i really enjoyed making these videos because they they gave me hope that there actually is a cure or a significant pharmaceutical solution for hearing problems whenever we're talking about treating hearing loss that could reduce tinnitus for someone who has tinnitus related to hearing loss okay but some of these drugs that could help tinnitus it's unlikely for that tinnitus to completely go away most people do hear the sounds of tinnitus especially in quiet places so it's unlikely these drugs will completely silence tinnitus and as part of this newsletter i'll just say very few things can completely silence tinnitus but these drugs do show promise for reducing the volume of tinnitus it's still a far away still very far away away from saying that it actually works on a population of humans but so far let's talk about frequency therapeutics their drug tested with guinea pigs tested the the ability of the guinea pigs who had damaged inner ear cochlear hair cells it tested the ability of those guinea pigs to regain uh to actually retain the drug through the membrane of the cochlea whereas they have limited test results on humans who did show some improvement in their hearing ability and that's pretty fascinating for an audiologist like myself i'm so fascinated by this concept because it's never been done before it's completely new therapeutic tool so i'm definitely monitoring those groups i had fun making those videos it did give me hope that there are going to be some advanced solutions for tinnitus and hearing loss in my lifetime definitely in my lifetime i mean i'm a young guy so definitely in my lifetime i'm expecting to see some big improvements from these companies i also did a recent collaboration with julian cowan hill and we talked about defining recovery we talked about how someone who has tinnitus is often confused about the timeline for getting better so that is a recorded webinar we did which should have some clips accessible on my youtube channel and julian's youtube channel so you can check that out for the full talk we had about 100 people sign up so it was a great event and hopefully we gave a lot of value to those looking to get help with defining their recovery timeline for tinnitus now i want to add that this monthly newsletter happens on the first sunday of every month so you can make sure to come back here first sunday of every month on my youtube channel and i'll be posting this video i wrote a guest article for hearinghealthmatters.org and my article was about flare audio's calmer device which has been marketed to help some kinds of tinnitus now from my research and independent review of the product i did not recommend it for most people in fact i recommended it for very few people has a very limited use case in my mind and that's for someone who's managing hyperacusis or sound sensitivity who wants to keep using an ear plug but is ready to use less strength of an ear plug compared to a typical foam earplug or a standard silicone ear plug the flare calmer device is basically like earplug light so mainly just for someone with sound sensitivity who's trying to reduce noise uh for managing tinnitus to manage tinnitus during the day we actually want to keep noise around us we want a sound rich environment we don't want an ear plug to reduce more sound that would likely lead to more tinnitus that's my two cents on that i also did a little collaboration with a hearable group called olive union and they make some devices that are similar to airpods and i reviewed a lot of their blog articles which which were about hearing loss hearing aids and tinnitus so that was a nice way to get involved with them as well as read and edit some blog articles to make sure they're the highest quality content the most scientifically valid so that anyone who's reading those articles is getting the right kind of information so i had a fun time doing that as an audiologist we don't often get to uh to be publishing articles or writing articles especially not as a researcher so to be an audiologist who's not a researcher but still be involved in creating articles and writing content as well as making these videos i have a lot of fun with that this month for pure tinnitus group coaching we focus the two live sessions on catastrophic thinking and the new format of group coaching is going very well i like it because someone can share a little tidbit a little snippet of their challenges with tinnitus and then we work through it you unpack it so this past month we were working on cognitive behavioral techniques specifically catastrophic thinking so in order to deconstruct the catastrophic thought we had to unpack it and get to the cause of it and explain some expectations what's realistic for getting better with tinnitus what are things to be worried about and what should we not be worried about all those are really important to get the mind straight so that you have some expectations about what's ahead and as always i do provide private tinnitus consultations and that's been great when people can reach out to me whether it's finding me online or finding me as a recommendation through another audiologist or a doctor that i get to work them through the whole process of tinnitus management one-on-one and that does include sound therapy the psychological nature of getting better as well as calming the nervous system and getting out of the fight-or-flight response by practicing mind-body techniques this is march 2021 and anyone who's watching this i wish you so well if you're still watching give this video a thumbs up so that way i know you're with me and i'm going to be continuing to make these videos for the pure tinnitus community so thank you for being here leave me a comment on where you live what state you're in or what country you're in and i'll be sure to like it thanks guys and for this next video you can check out on my side uh some more content here about these recent drugs and the videos that we made about them

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