Tinnitus Cure & New Treatments 2021

[Music] let's talk about tinnitus cures am i aware of any treatment that has been proven to cure tinnitus if not what have i found to be most useful to help my tinnitus patients and what has research suggested is the most helpful for tinnitus patients and then is there anything new or exciting on the treatment front i recently studied with the the founder the creator of tinnitus retraining therapy which is one of the most comprehensive protocols that has been in existence in the last 20 plus years for managing tinnitus it's been adjusted over time it's been improved over time using modern technology using research to tweak the protocols and that was created in the late 1990s by dr jastrobov powell jastrobov him and his wife now they teach a course every year to a handful of audiologists and i was lucky enough to recently study with the jaster buffs to learn the up-to-date protocols of tinnitus retraining therapy so to me that is the ultimate neuroplasticity program for tinnitus neuroplasticity means changing the brain changing the relationship between tinnitus our brain the hearing system our ears and that takes time the major downside of industry training therapy as a treatment for tinnitus is that it takes a lot of time i work with patients for six months because it takes that much time before we can consider bringing back some of the protocols whether that's sound therapy using devices on the ears certain counseling techniques education techniques a six month period of committing to that protocol is what i would recommend and it's rather effective the goal is typically described as habituation which is not an intuitive term what does habituation mean for tinnitus well i encourage you maybe some people in this group and i know there may be some have habituated to their tinnitus and ask them what is it like to habituate well it it means that we may be aware of tinnitus it may be in the back a background perception and sometimes the volume itself gets softer but let's talk about can we still hear tinnitus but it not be bothersome well yes that definitely happens and many people with tinnitus are hearing it if they stop and listen for it or even if it's loud and they're living their life they can hear it but it doesn't bother them so that tin industry training therapy involves counseling education and then a dedicated sound therapy plan typically between a period of 9 to 12 months that's all i will say about that now there's plenty of information to research that more and you can reach out to me if you if you have those questions so am i aware of any proven cure for tinnitus no and i don't think that's a surprise to anyone here that there's there is no proven cure in terms of a medical sense of eradication of the symptom cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness are other approaches that i feel are supplemental to sound therapy proper education and proper counseling other exciting developments well regeneration of certain cells in the cochlea the hearing organ have been studied for a long time and they're continuing to be studied there's two specific projects to pharmaceutical biopharmaceutical projects that are worth knowing about but trust me don't try to know them on the ins and outs because they're very complex and i think there's better ways to spend your time regeneration of cells in the cochlea there's a company called frequency therapeutics and a drug called fx322 it seemed promising at helping some forms of hearing loss and tinnitus but the recent clinical trials were not good it was not a positive result so that project is unlikely to help people with tinnitus quite frankly oto 313 by a group called autonomy that is not regenerating cells in the cochlea instead that's using a more complicated and i won't go into it right now approach to help with the the brain's reaction to tinnitus in the cortex don't hold out for either of those that's my advice i keep monitoring them research developments to help tinnitus are very welcome and encouraged and we're thankful for the researchers who are trying it's a hard problem to fix as you can imagine as you've probably learned yourself it's a hard problem to fix so none of those groups which typically have been cited as the most promising in the last few years neither of those seem to be breakthroughs at this point and neither of those seem to be worth waiting for quite frankly and i say that with a soft heart because of course i want them to work but they haven't worked so far some other new developments bimodal stimulation there's two specific projects that i'll mention right now so bimodal stimulation for tinnitus it's a newer treatment and bimodal means two modes so typically sound therapy played through the ears various forms there's various protocols to follow but sound therapy would be one mode of stimulation we're stimulating the auditory system as you probably know when you have music around when you're by the ocean when you're by the river or you're playing sound therapy through an app or from a speaker that it does help tinnitus significantly that's considered auditory stimulation so pairing a second mode of stimulation through somewhere in our nervous system either the skin the tongue the neck something like that that is introducing another mode of stimulation and there's neuroscience brain science that is suggesting that pairing two modes together with certain protocols or strategies can change the brain's tinnitus in a positive way and keeping it simple i won't go into the details i have other videos on youtube that go deep into the details and you can check those out if you want to learn more there's a group called neuromod based in ireland and they have a device called the linear device and that pairs stimulation on the tongue with stimulation in the ears they're showing positive results it's not groundbreaking breakthrough that is going to help all tinnitus patients from the research and it's certainly not going to bring tinnitus to zero to silence but it does seem promising it is available in europe i did a full review on this and it's not available in the us yet that's all i will say for now there's a another recent company that i became close with and they're based out of stanford they're not a stanford backed device it's a company called neosensory which is started by a neuroscientist who is from stanford developed a company to help all sorts of conditions health conditions and it's a device called the the buzz neosensory buzz also i did a full video review on my youtube channel about this and the neosensory buzz it has a wristband and that's pairing the vibrations in the wrist called our somatosensory system it's pairing that vibration and that input through the nervous system into the brain around at the same time that you're listening to certain sounds so you're getting these two inputs sound and vibration through the somatosensory system research is suggesting that when the brain gets that kind of information it can make changes to recognize that the the phantom sound of tinnitus is not actually there that that phantom sound of tinnitus can be re-categorized restructured in certain ways i'm keeping this simple for the purposes of this discussion but that's definitely the update on on what's out there in terms of the treatment front and things to look out for now my advice for someone who says i want to try it i'm ready let's go i say okay hold on there's many different angles to approach managing tinnitus and i see bimodal stimulation as a potential supplemental therapy i don't recommend it to my patients i don't recommend it to you as the only thing you're trying the only thing you're doing to make you feel better to help you there's more traditional protocols like tendency training therapy etc that are also in your interest so don't look that over thinking that some device is going to fix it for you it may help and i hope it [Music] does

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