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Dubbyaman

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Hey Doc,

I got 2 questions for ya. Hope you don't mind. 

You hear of some cases where tinnitus spontaneously vanishes. Has there ever been a case like this for noise induced severe tinnitus? When I say noise induced, I mean that the noise also caused moderate to severe hearing loss as well. (my cause of tinnitus I believe)

Secondly what are your thoughts on Steven Cheung's work with deep brain stimulation? They started a clinical trial in April of 2014 using DBS as a means to treat tinnitus. The first guy who had it done, has no ringing for 30 percent of his time and the rest of the time, it is non bothersome. Sounds very promising. I just wanted to know what you think of this approach. Thank you in advance and good day sir. 

 
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You hear of some cases where tinnitus spontaneously vanishes. Has there ever been a case like this for noise induced severe tinnitus? When I say noise induced, I mean that the noise also caused moderate to severe hearing loss as well.

Dubby, I am aware of some cases in which severe noise-induced tinnitus has spontaneously resolved after five years or even longer. But I think it's fair to say that the longer one has tinnitus, the less likely it is that spontaneous resolution will occur.

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Secondly what are your thoughts on Steven Cheung's work with deep brain stimulation? They started a clinical trial in April of 2014 using DBS as a means to treat tinnitus. The first guy who had it done, has no ringing for 30 percent of his time and the rest of the time, it is non bothersome. Sounds very promising. I just wanted to know what you think of this approach.

I am flattered that you would ask, but what I think about this (or for that matter any) research project has absolutely no predictive value whatsoever. And since my opinion about such matters is irrelevant, I have decided not to have opinions about them at all. Personally, I am far more interested in what we can do to suffer less today than what we might be able to do to suffer less tomorrow.

Dr. Stephen Nagler
Atlanta Tinnitus Consultants, LLC

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