Tinnitus Talks: Tinnitus 101
NEW DATE: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Tinnitus Talks are sponsored by the David Bruton, Jr. Endowed Lecture Series on Communication Disorders at the Callier Center, and UT Southwestern Medical Center's Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
Thursday, March 20, 2014,
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Callier Dallas, 1966 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75235, Glorig Auditorium
Featured Speaker: Aage R. Møller, PhD
Dr. Møller is a Professor and Distinguished Lecturer in the School of
Behavioral and Brain Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas. He
also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Tinnitus
Research Initiative Foundation in Regensburg, Germany. Dr. Moller
conducts research in neural plasticity and its role in tinnitus,
hyperacusis and phonophobia. Read
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Although much progress has been made, tinnitus remains a scientific and
clinical enigma. The condition is very common, and, although many
patients are not unduly troubled, others find the disorder
life-changing. In this talk we will outline current knowledge of
tinnitus, and critically assess established and emerging treatment
approaches. Read more
As a result of this talk, participants will be able to:
1. Identify at least two causes of tinnitus.
2. List two ways tinnitus can affect a person.
3. List two ways tinnitus can be treated.
|Continuing Education: 1.5 TSHA CEUs
This program has been approved for 1.5 clock hours of
continuing education credit by the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing
Association (TSHA). TSHA approval does not imply endorsement of course
content, specific products, or clinical procedures.
What is tinnitus? What causes tinnitus? How does it affect a person? How can it be treated?
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is common–– particularly in elderly people. Tinnitus can have many different forms, rather it may be regarded as a group of different disorders. Tinnitus affects different people in different ways. It can just be a nuisance, it can cause some distress, or it can affect a person's entire life causing severe suffering. Some forms of tinnitus have similarities with chronic pain. Tinnitus is often accompanied by hyperacusis, which means that the tolerance for sound is lowered. Some people can change their tinnitus by moving their jaws or by looking in a different direction.
Tinnitus has two parts: What a person with tinnitus hears, and the effect the tinnitus has on a person. Tinnitus is difficult to measure, in particular, its effect on a person.
There are many causes of tinnitus, but tinnitus is rarely a sign of a disease. Exposure to very loud sounds may cause not only hearing loss, but also tinnitus. Lack of sound can also cause tinnitus. Many people experience tinnitus if they are placed in a room that is sound insulated, such as an audiological test room. Many people get tinnitus without any cause that can be found.
Where does tinnitus come from? It does not come from the outside. Examinations of the ears of a person with tinnitus rarely show that anything is wrong. This means that tinnitus is rarely generated in the ears. Instead, severe tinnitus is almost always caused by changes in the function of the hearing part of the brain. This happens because the brain is not hard-wired like your computer. The "wiring" and the function of many parts of the brain can change. This is called neural plasticity. If the function of the brain changes in a wrong way, it may result in tinnitus, because nerve cells in the part of the brain that normally receive signals from the ear become active by themselves without any sound reaching the ear.
Since there are many different forms of tinnitus, there is no single treatment that is effective for all kinds of tinnitus, but there are no common tests that can show which kind of tinnitus a person has. Treatments that aim at reversing the changes in the brain that have caused the tinnitus have been in use for some time. Such treatments involve the use of certain kinds of sounds. Better methods to reverse the plastic changes that have caused the tinnitus are under development in many places in the world, including here at The University of Texas at Dallas, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
Aage R. Møller, PhD
Dr. Aage R. Møller is Founder Professor of Cognition and Neuroscience in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas. He is a living legend in the tinnitus field. Born in Denmark, he received a PhD in Medical Sciences in the famous Karolinska Institute in Sweden. He subsequently moved to the United States. He has written more than 200 peer reviewed scientific papers, more than 100 book chapters, and 13 single author books and was editor or co-editor of 9 multi-author books. The Textbook of Tinnitus was his most recent brain child in the domain of tinnitus. He founded and was editor in chief of Hearing Research for 27 years. He is currently chairman of the Board of Directors of the Tinnitus Research Initiative. His previous research has mainly concerned the function of the auditory system as well as the study of the somatosensory and visual systems. More recently, Dr. Møller has studied neural plasticity in the auditory system and its role in disorders that have tinnitus, hyperacusis and chronic pain as symptoms. In 2010 Dr. Møller organized the TRI Annual Conference in Dallas.
Aage R. Møller, PhD
For tinnitus evaluations: Callier Center Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Evaluation
To participate in a research study: The Dallas Clinical Trial on Vagus Nerve Stimulation for the Treatment of Tinnitus