"'We cannot do anything about your tinnitus'. This is simply not true"

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“The biggest mistake is to make tinnitus patients believe there is nothing we can do”, said Dr Pawel J. Jastreboff, father and creator of the Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), interviewed by Audio Infos Spain. Marking the 25th anniversary of one of the most successful tinnitus therapies, Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), Jastreboff, from Emory University (Altanta, U.S.), was in Spain last fall to take part in the “Tinnitus and its treatment with hearing aids” congress, organized by GAES as part of the National Congress of the Spanish Society of Otolaryngology and cervicofacial pathologies (SEORL). The event was attended by over 200 professionals and was an opportunity to stress the need to address this condition with every available method, given that it affects 4 million people in Spain.

Pawel J. Jastreboff. It is a matter of retraining the brain. To help patients understand this, I often use the following example. You have learned to drive on the right. Now imagine that you move to New Zealand for work, and you have to learn to drive on the left. You would be a dangerous driver because, even though you would be fully aware of what you need to do, you would not manage because driving is controlled by your subconscious brain. However, you can teach your brain to drive on the left and after a while, you will be able to do it perfectly well. The problem with tinnitus is that the signal originates in the auditory system and then spreads to the limbic system. TRT tries to retrain the brain by limiting the connections between the auditory system and the other systems of the brain so that the signals are restricted to the auditory system and do not contaminate the others.

Pawel J. Jastreboff, during his lecture at the Spanish ENT congress


Audio Infos. How did you build this model?

P.J.J. It was by chance. I was studying the ear, balance and the cerebellum. I went to Yale University to study the mechanisms of the sense of smell and after one year, a young researcher asked me to help design an animal model to improve tinnitus. I thought this was impossible, because if we were unable to ascertain evidence of tinnitus in human beings, how could we do so in rats? I shared my concerns about his approach, and suggested we could get results with a behavioral method. He said “here is the money, here is the lab, go ahead”. So I did.

Reminder: EUHA Congress call to papers deadline is no later than March 31, 2024
Reminder: EUHA Congress call to papers deadline is no later than March 31, 2024

 
 

RESEARCH AT CONFERENCES

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The call to papers for the 68th International Congress of Hearing Aid Acousticians (EUHA) has a deadline of March 31, 2024.

Hearing aid sales dipped Q4 2023 in UK and ROI but year overall was "strong and promising"
Hearing aid sales dipped Q4 2023 in UK and ROI but year overall was

 
 

hearing market

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Covid and post-Covid hearing instrument sales figures to the end of 2023 in the UK and Ireland have encouraged manufacturers. 2024 could confirm stable growth after spikes provoked by pandemic factors.

Cochlear implants: stigma and lack of information keeping use low among Spain's profoundly deaf
Cochlear implants: stigma and lack of information keeping use low among Spain's profoundly deaf

 

cochlear implants

©GAES      Cochlear implant technology continues to be underused in Spain despite its benefits for hearing.

Spain - 44% do not know what a cochlear implant is, yet more than 200,000 suffer profound hearing loss

Lars Rasmussen, new Chair of the WSA Board of Directors holds key university and life science positions in Denmark
Lars Rasmussen, new Chair of the WSA Board of Directors holds key university and life science positions in Denmark

 

Appointments

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WS Audiology (WSA) has announced that Lars Rasmussen will take over as Chair of the WSA Board of Directors, succeeding Marco Gadola, effective March 1, 2024.

HIMSA schedules useful Noah ES webinar - sign up!
HIMSA schedules useful Noah ES webinar - sign up!

 
 
 

software

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Danish software producer HIMSA is running an informative webinar on Thursday February 29 to highlight features of its popular software Noah ES

AI AND HEARING AIDS - a balance to push possibilities
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Hearing aid technology

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Manufacturers reveal where they stand on artificial intelligence. Now we want to hear from professionals on how they see the pros and cons of AI in hearing instruments. Write to editor-in-chief Peter Wix with your views please. Tell us which companies you work with and how their AI is working out for you.

Training, recruitment, lack of unity,...the challenges facing audiology prefigure a tough immediate future for A FRACTURED PROFESSION
Training, recruitment, lack of unity,...the challenges facing audiology prefigure a tough immediate future for A FRACTURED PROFESSION

 

UK audiology

© PW “We should not be marking our own homework,” Claire Benton tells a packed BAA audience in Coventry last November.

The 2023 Conference of the British Academy of Audiology was given a soul-stirring launch last November when the group’s newly appointed Vice President, Claire Benton, laid bare the evidence of recent failings in NHS hearing care, carefully exposing her profession’s need for improved funding, appropriate training, and a tightening of discipline. Minutes after her galvanic Bamford Lecture, she spoke to Audiology News UK editor-in-chief Peter Wix about some of the crisis points facing hearing health practice.

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The expansion of Lumity: Phonak's flagship hearing aid fans out to all ages and loss levelsThe expansion of Lumity: Phonak's flagship hearing aid fans out to all ages and loss levels

 
 
 

 

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Now available in the US, and hitting the UK and Ireland from March 4, Phonak's Lumity hearing aid technology has extended to encompass Audéo L-312, Naída L SP, and Sky L, M, and SP.

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Intention-based personalisation - a perfect pitch from Demant's hearing aid brand?Intention-based personalisation - a perfect pitch from Demant's hearing aid brand?

 

hearing aids

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Announcing its latest hearing aid as the world's first with 4D Sensor technology, Oticon has launched a new product: Intent. What is 4D Sensor technology and how does it relate to users' listening objectives?

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An L shape? Widex is looking at hearing aids from a different - and interesting - angleAn L shape? Widex is looking at hearing aids from a different - and interesting - angle

 

hearing aids

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Widex has launched the Widex SmartRIC, a hearing aid featuring an innovative L-shaped design aimed at improving microphone angles to enhance directionality and speech targeting.

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