News ArchiveTOUCH-SENSING NERVE CELLS MAY FUEL RINGING IN THE EARS
A new study at the University of Michigan Health System, which was co-sponsored by the Tinnitus Research Initiative, has shown in an animal experiment, that somatosensory neurons maintain a high level of activity following exposure to loud noise, even after hearing itself returns to normal. These results mark an important step toward potential relief for people who are suffering from tinnitus, pointed out principal investigator Susan E. Shore, Ph.D., of U-M's Kresge Hearing Research Institute and a professor of otolaryngology and molecular and integrative physiology at the U-M Medical School.
News at ScienceDaily
Original article in the Feb. 1 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience
RICHARD SALVI NAMED SUNY DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR BY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Richard Salvi, professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences at the University at Buffalo and Chairman of the Scientific Committee of TRI, has been named a SUNY Distinguished Professor, the highest faculty rank in the system of The State University of New York (SUNY). The distinguished professorship recognizes and honors individuals who have achieved national or international prominence in their fields. ...read more
ANA BELÉN ELGOYHEN WAS AWARDED THE 2011 TWAS PRIZE IN BIOLOGY
Belén Elgoyhen, leader of the TRI pharmacological workgroup, was honoured for her contributions to the understanding of the molecular basis of hearing. ...read more
WINFRIED SCHLEE HAS WON A RESEARCH INCENTIVE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ULM
This Research Bonus is intended for the initial funding of projects of junior researchers. Winfried Schlee received this funding for his geriatric and tinnitus research. ...read more (in German)
THE TRI DISCUSSION FORUM IS ONLINE NOW
This area should provide an opportunity to discuss about topics related to TRI and/or Tinnitus Research.
We are looking forward to your ideas and thoughts!
TRI DISCUSSION FORUM
IOWA HYPERACUSIS PROJECT
Hyperacusis is difficult to treat, in part because so little is known about it. The University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics have begun a major research effort to understand hyperacusis and develop treatment options.
Please go to the
hyperacusis web site
and complete the questionnaires. Please ask anyone you know with hyperacusis to complete the questionnaire.
Thank you so much for your help
Jennifer Parrish and Rich Tyler
The University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck
5th INTERNATIONAL TRI CONFERENCE ON TINNITUS 2011
The Neuroscience of Tinnitus
August 19 - 21, 2011, Buffalo, NY (USA)
TRI wants to thank the organizers (Richard Salvi, Carol Altman, Ed Lobarinas, Brian Allman) for preparing an excellent conference and all participants who contributed through their presentations and discussions to a very succesful meeting.
Click image to open the meeting page. More impressions on Facebook (provided by ATA).More than 200 participants from 26 countries gathered in Buffalo, NY (USA) August 19 till August 21, 2011. The presentations during the conference demonstrated in an impressive way the impressive progress in the understanding of tinnitus made in the last years through neuroscientific research. A better understanding of tinnitus has prompted new therapeutic options which have shown first promise in pilot studies.
More information can be found in the
Conference PROGRAM and the
(click for download)
We hope to see all of you next year for the 6th TRI Meeting in Bruges, Belgium.
MATTEO DE NORA, Founder of the TRI Tinnitus Research Initiative, has been appointed a
COMPANION TO THE NEW ZEALAND ORDER OF MERIT
"The Queen has been pleased, on the occasion of the celebration of Her Majesty's Birthday, to make the following appointments to The New Zealand Order of Merit:"
COMPANION TO THE NEW ZEALAND ORDER OF MERIT C.N.Z.M
Dr Matteo de Nora, of Monaco. For services to yachting and medicine.
(Source: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet of New Zealand)
We invite you to read the article "Team NZ benefactor also funds vital research into tinnitus" in The New Zealand Herald, which describes inspiration and commitment of Dr. de Nora.
Read more about Dr. de Nora's own vision of TRI in the Foreword of the Textbook of Tinnitus.
"SEARCHING FOR THE SOURCE OF PHANTOM SOUNDS"
Jenny Marder reports about the neuroscientist Josef Rauschecker and his novel theory on the origins of tinnitus.
Rauschecker and his team published a study in the journal "Neuron", that showed that patients with tinnitus were more likely to have structural changes in the brain's prefrontal cortex and hyperactivity in the nucleus accumbens, a region of neurons deep in the brain, known to play a role in pleasure, addiction, aggression and fear.
Read more: PBS NEWSHOUR - Science and Technology: Searching for the Source of Phantom Sounds
A NEW TREATMENT APPROACH FOR TINNITUS IN "NATURE"
A very promising new approach for the treatment of tinnitus, which had been first presented at the TRI conference in Dallas, has been published in the recent volume of "Nature".
Navzer Engineer, Michael Kilgard and their collegues were able to demonstrate reversal of tinnitus related neuroplastic changes in the auditory cortex of rats by combining specific auditory stimulation with vagus nerve stimulation. Please read more at
Navzer D. Engineer et al.: Reversing pathological neural activity using targeted plasticity
Nature study shows that Nerve Stimulation Therapy Can Eliminate Tinnitus in an Animal Model. (PDF 227 kb)
RICHARD SALVI AT MICROSOFT® RESEARCH
Richard Salvi (University at Buffalo), Chairman of the Scientific Committee of TRI and Organizer of the International TRI Tinnitus Conference 2011, talked about "Remodeling Sensory and Motor Circuits in the Brain: New Insights from Hearing Loss and Tinnitus".
He presented background and described recent studies of the remarkable neuroplastic reorganization in the auditory cortex in response to hearing loss, touching on how studies of tinnitus and hearing loss provide a window into the organization and operation of the nervous system. Start video
4th INTERNATIONAL TRI TINNITUS CONFERENCE 2010
Frontiers in Tinnitus Research
We want to thank all of the participants for their active and constructive participation in the 4th International Tinnitus Conference.
We Must Cure Tinnitus, We Can Cure Tinnitus and We Will Cure Tinnitus Four years ago, when the TRI was founded, we made a pledge to cure tinnitus. The ultimate goal is to silence the phantom sound, and hereby to improve the quality of life of our patients. That pledge still stands: we must cure tinnitus. The question is: can we? read more
The abstract book and recordings of the presentations are available for download now on the Webpage of the 4th International TRI Conference 2010
NHS EVIDENCE - ENT AND AUDIOLOGY
NHS Evidence - ENT and Audiology is a unique, NHS-funded resource that aims to provide healthcare professionals with access to the best available evidence in ENT, audiology and thyroid disorders. The collection produces free bi-monthly email updates of recent guidelines, systematic reviews and events.
To join the mailing list and find out more visit www.library.nhs.uk/ent/.
The results display for each of the following links will breakdown guidelines, systematic reviews, patient information etc.
Annual evidence update for tinnitus
All tinnitus resources
A TESTABLE MODEL FOR TINNITUS
Tinnitus, the most common auditory disorder, affects about 40 million people in the United States alone. Although several approaches for the alleviation of tinnitus exist, there is as of yet no cure. The present article proposes a testable model for tinnitus that is grounded in recent findings from human imaging and focuses on brain areas in cortex, thalamus, and ventral striatum. Hopefully, this model will guide ongoing research on the circuit mechanisms of tinnitus and provide potential avenues for effective treatment.
Tuning Out the Noise: Limbic-Auditory Interactions in Tinnitus
Josef P. Rauschecker, Amber M. Leaver, Mark Mühlau
Neuron, Volume 66, Issue 6, 819-826, 24 June 2010
Alex-Motsch-Prize 2009 of the German Society for Functional Diagnostic and Therapy (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Funktionsdiagnostik und –therapie DGFDT)
Each year the Alex-Motsch-Prize is awarded for the best work in the field of functional theory, diagnostic and therapy in dentistry.
Ralf Bürgers received this award for his research project on "Tinnitus patients with craniomandibular dysfunctions (CMD)"
Read more: Press release "Alex-Motsch-Award to dentist from Regensburg" (in german language)
TRI TINNITUS CLINIC ANTWERP:
Grand Opening on April 22th, 2009.
For more information about the clinic please see
BRAI2N - Brain Research Center Antwerp for Innovative and Interdisciplinary Neuromodulation
The opening in the belgian press:
De Standaard Online
3rd Tinnitus Research Initiative Meeting 2009
The Tinnitus Research Initiative thanks all participants for their active and constructive contribution!
Find more information on the page of the 3rd TRI Meeting 2009 Stresa/Italy
EFNS 2008 - 12th Congress of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
Similarities between tinnitus and other CNS disorders suggest synergistic effects. Read about the work results of the TRI Workgroup during the EFNS on the topic
Tinnitus: a CNS disorder. Opportunities and needs of a big market.
RICHARD TYLER (USA) and CLAUDIA BARROS COELHO (Brazil)
Richard Tyler and Claudia Coelho received the Editor's Award of the American Journal of Audiology for the best publication in 2008. The paper on "Identifying tinnitus subgroups with cluster analysis" meets the highest quality standards in research design, presentation, and impact for the given year. It is truly a high honor for Richard Tyler and Claudia Coelho together with their coauthors Pan Tao, Haihong Ji, William Noble, Anne K. Gehringer and Stephanie A. Gogel.
WINFRIED SCHLEE (Germany)
Award of the Schmieder Foundation 2008
Winfried Schlee received the Award of the Schmieder Foundation 2008 for his dissertation on tinnitus research "Towards a Global Model of Tinnitus Perception: Multiple Evidence for a Long-Range Cortical Tinnitus Network"
read more (in german language)
Winner of the "Young Investigator Award" at Biomag 2008
Winfried Schlee received the Young Investigator Award for his excellent presentation of the TRI-funded work about "Directed Coherence in the Resting Tinnitus Brain" during the "International Conference on Biomagnetism" (Biomag). Biomag is the most important specialized meeting in the field of magnetoencephalography (MEG). Therefore this award is a high scientific acknowledgment for Winfried Schlee and his coworkers T. Hartmann, N. Müller, I. Lorenz, S. Dalal and N. Weisz.
ANA BELÉN ELGOYHEN (Argentine)
New Research Results on the Hair Cell Nicotinic Cholinergic Receptor
Ana Belén Elgoyhen, leader of the Pharmacological Workgroup, published in a recent issue of PLOS Biology, that a genetically modified cholinergic receptor in the inner ear can enhance noise protecion by the sound limiting system in the inner ear. The encouraging news is, that there is a real chance of finding ear-specific drugs for preventing noise trauma and tinnitus in the future: "A Point Mutation in the Hair Cell Nicotinic Cholinergic Receptor Prolongs Cochlear Inhibition and Enhances Noise Protection".
Ana Belén Elgoyhen received the L'Oreal UNESCO Award
Read about Ana Belén Elgoyhen, leader of the Pharmacological Workgroup, who is the Laureate 2008 for Latin America of the "L'oreal UNESCO for women in Science awards"
Among others Ana Belén has been interviewed about Tinnitus for Perfil, an argentine newspaper.
RONALD GOODEY (New Zealand)
Companion to THE NEW ZEALAND ORDER OF MERIT
"The Queen has been pleased, on the occasion of the celebration of the New Year, to make the following appointments to The New Zealand Order of Merit:
Companion to THE NEW ZEALAND ORDER OF MERIT C.N.Z.M
Dr Ronald John GOODEY, of Auckland. For services to otolaryngology."
Source: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet of New Zealand
We invite you to read the article "Doctor humbled by New Year honour" in the "East And Bays Courier", which describes work and inspiration of the ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. Ronald Goodey.
RICARDO FIGUEIREDO and ANDRÉIA AZEVEDO (Brazil)
Best Oral Presentation
"Tinnitus treatment with Piribedil guided by acoustic otoemissions and electrocochleography" of Ricardo Figueiredo and Andréia Azevedo was awarded as the best oral presentation of the V Congress of the Rio de Janeiro ENT Society.
TANIT GANZ SANCHEZ (Brazil)
President of the X International Tinnitus Seminars
Tanit Sanchez, leader of the Somatosensory Workgroup, was awarded as the President of the X International Tinnitus Seminars, to be hold in Aracaju, Brasil, 2011.
Tanit Ganz Sanchez talked in Brasilian TV about the risk of
tinnitus in the young people with noise exposure.