A complete cure for tinnitus is being continuously researched. While complete relief from the disease is yet to come up, research scientists have achieved ways to relieve the sensation of a sound in the ear, usually a hissing, whooshing or ringing noise caused by the disease. This post discusses two such therapies.
One such line of treatment developed is using vibrations created by synthesized music. This helped improve the symptoms of the disease after the first round of trial. The sonic brain reprogramming treatment is based on sound vibrations that pass through a bone behind the ear. This therapy helped eight out of ten of the patients who took twice-weekly sessions of the therapy. It is said for tinnitus that the less you focus on the noise, the less it grows on the patient. But such sessions of sonic brain reprogramming treatment have definitely proved to be of some help. Its inventors, who are planning larger trials, say the technology could be a real breakthrough in the future.
As mentioned, the processed sound is conducted down the bone rather than through the ear. In that way, the high frequency sound by-passes the middle ear and restores high frequency signals to the cochlea of the ear which are then processed by the brain.
The sonic treatment equipment includes three basic things: a music player and amplifier and a headpiece. The headpiece has an aluminum ceramic transducer, a tiny disc that is held against the mastoid bone behind the patient’s ear.
The second line of treatment was conducted by researchers at the VA Portland Medical Center and Oregon Health & Science University. They found that transcranial magnetic stimulation considerably improved tinnitus symptoms for more than half of study patients.
During this research, Folmer and colleagues, used a TMS system that produces a magnetic field of cone shape that penetrates the scalp and skull and interacts with brain tissue. It was observed that higher the stimulation intensity, deeper the magnetic field penetrated and affected nervous system activity.
All 64 patients who were a part of the trials received one pulse of TMS per second to their skull just above the ear to target the auditory cortex in the brain. Patients received TMS magnetic waves for 10 consecutive workdays, receiving 2,000 pulses of TMS per session. 18 out of 32 patients who were a part of the trial found lessening of tinnitus symptoms for at least six months. A significant number of participants who had tinnitus for more than 20 years were pleased to receive some relief from TMS treatment.
More such research activities can help companies take decisions related to understanding the disease Tinnitus and its different lines of treatments. Get the latest report on Tinnitus pipeline insights at http://emarketorg.com/pro/tinnitus-pipeline-insights-2015/ .