What’s the Latest Tinnitus Technology – Trial Recruitment

The NIH (National Institute of Health) is the big, government-funded organization of the United States that provides money to get research done.

One of the newest ideas out there is to use stimulation of the vagus nerve (cranial nerve 10) at the same time as some other therapy to improve the results.  That is exactly  what is being proposed by one group.  See the details here: www.microtransponder.com/en-gb/tinnitus/physicians/clinical-experiences .

The good news:

  1. Overall, 56% of patients experienced 20% or greater change in their Tinnitus Handicap Index (THI) score.  That compares to our study of Tinnitus Synergy which showed the average of 100% of patient receiving 28% improvement, and the following year which showed 39% improvement in the THI scores. It’s hard to compares the 2 studies easily since the new study did not report the average. (They report the median, or mid-point between best and worst, after improvement)
  2. The study is continuing, but they are not accepting any new recruits:  clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01962558?term=tinnitus+vns&rank=1

The bad news:

  1. This new study uses a microtransponder…implanted and attached to your vagus nerve. And, it is not approved for sale yet in the US of Europe.   (See whole article on the implant…for epilepsy, but similar procedure.)
  2. The therapy is done for 2.5 hours per day for 12 weeks.

I hope you  find these updates helpful.

Keep the review requests coming, and I will try to add them to my upcoming posts.