Taking On Tinnitus: Hope for the Future, Solutions Today
Tinnitus — that buzzing, ringing, whistling, or clicking in the ear that no one else seems to hear — might
not yet be curable, but science isn’t taking that lying down!
With some 50 million Americans alone and others worldwide experiencing this sometimes-debilitating
condition, researchers are determined to uncover its secrets and find new ways of fighting back.
Check out these three exciting developments:
• The Hearing Health Foundation, a U.S. nonprofit that aims in part “to prevent and cure hearing loss
and tinnitus through groundbreaking research,” awarded a 2017 Emerging Research Grant to
Timothy Balmer, Ph.D., for a closer look at potential causes and approaches to tinnitus. Balmer aims
“to investigate whether chronic transmitter exposure in nerve cells of the cochlear nucleus may be a
cause of tinnitus, which eventually may lead to clinical tinnitus treatments.”
• The American Tinnitus Foundation, supporting its “decades-long dedication to funding innovative
research and initiatives toward finding cures for tinnitus,” approved more than $156,000 last fall for
four research projects. One of the projects, led by Sarah Theodoroff, Ph.D., of the National Center
for Rehabilitative Auditory Research at the Portland VA Medical Center in Oregon, involves a new
approach to diagnosing hyperacusis, or sound sensitivity, in tinnitus patients.
• Horizon 2020, a European Union program dedicated to funding research and innovations, has
awarded $12 million to a trio of training networks whose collective projects — Tinnitus Assessment
Causes and Treatments, the European School for Interdisciplinary Tinnitus Research, and Liaison in
Scientific Training for European Auditory Neuroscience — will engage tens of Ph.D. candidates from
across Europe, expanding academic exposure to a public-health issue that demands attention.
If you have tinnitus, don’t let it get in the way of your ability to work, sleep, lead an active life, or even
think! There’s help and hope. Call our experienced team at 760-889-8542 to start enjoying relief from tinnitus
DID YOU KNOW?
Scientists may be working on a cure, but you can successfully manage your tinnitus now with solutions
ranging from medical treatments to little changes at home.
Possible causes of tinnitus can include hearing loss, ear blockage, sinus pressure, thyroid problems,
medications, sinus pressure, or head and neck trauma, but the first step is to come in for an evaluation.
We can help you determine the best option for addressing your tinnitus:
• Hearing aids
• Sound therapy
• Tinnitus retraining therapy
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Accessed Feb. 13, 2018. Cision PRWeb. American Tinnitus Association Funds $156,000 for
Research Seed Grants. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/11/prweb14919675.htm. Accessed Feb.
14, 2018. European Commission. What Is Horizon 2020?
https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/what-horizon-2020. Accessed Feb. 14, 2018.
University World News. Horizon 2020 backs major push to tackle tinnitus.
Accessed Feb. 14, 2018.