- Published on 09 April 2015
With prevalence rates between 10 and 20% tinnitus is among the most prevalent health impairments and many people are severly impaired by the phantom sound in their ears. Tinnitus impairment can be improved by cognitive behavioural therapy and by different forms of auditory stimulation, but there is no well-established treatment which efficiently reduces the loudness of the perceived phantom sound.
But why are no better tinnitus treatments available?
A first reason may be, that tinnitus is not a homogeneous entity. There exist probably different forms of tinnitus which differ in their pathophysiology and their response to specific treatments. This makes the development of efficient treatments very difficult.
Second, the pathophysiology of the different forms of tinnitus is still only incompletely understood.
Third, there are only very limited resources invested in tinnitus research.
Fourth, tinnitus researchers come from different disciplines and frequently work in isolation with little collaboration between research groups.
Tinnitus: from cochlea to brain and back
We invite you to join the TRI conference in Ann Arbor, to get latest information about tinnitus research and clinical management of tinnitus patients, to exchange best practices and to discuss ideas for future research.Within the last years, many efforts have been made by researchers and non-profit organizations to address these issues. Among these non-profit organizations is the Tinnitus Research Initiative (TRI) foundation which has been founded in 2006 with the goal to develop effective treatments for all types of tinnitus so that relief can be obtained by everyone who suffers from it. Central to the mission of TRI is facilitating and supporting biomedical research which will lead to novel, effective therapies for the treatment of tinnitus. The activities of TRI are based on the belief that collaboration across disciplines is essential for better understanding of tinnitus and for the development of effective treatments.
Since 2006 TRI has organized international Tinnitus conferences, which became the most important yearly Tinnitus conferences world-wide. This year’s conference will take place in Ann-Arbor, Michigan, US from June 7th till June 10th. It will be three days of stimulating and educating talks and discussions. It will explore basic mechanisms underlying tinnitus including cochlear damage consequences, synaptic plasticity, non-auditory (limbic, attentional, somatosensory) networks, as well as many areas of translational research. Invited speakers include world experts from around the globe within and outside of the field of tinnitus.
For more information and for registration see here.
Source: Tinnitus Research Initiative