LONDON, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
A recent study, by Silchenko et al. (Neuroimage 2013)* has revealed that evidence-based tinnitus treatment - Acoustic CR® Neuromodulation - can reduce symptoms by normalizing interactions between different brain areas. In responding patients - after only 12 week's treatment - interactions within tinnitus-related areas were no longer distinguishable from those observed in healthy individuals. As a result, the tinnitus was 'silenced'.
Acoustic CR® Neuromodulation was developed in 2010 by Professor Peter Tass, at the renowned Julich Research Center in Germany.
"The study reveals that Acoustic CR® Neuromodulation not only effectively counteracts abnormal neuronal synchrony. It also counteracts the pathologically-altered interactions between brain areas. As a result, the treatment leads to a pronounced normalization of brain activity," explained Professor Tass.
Chronic subjective tinnitus is connected with abnormal neuronal synchrony in auditory and non-auditory areas of the brain. Instead of independently processing information, related to pitch perception and other aspects of hearing, the affected neurons pathologically wire and synchronize, producing an intrinsic tone that becomes 'learned.' In addition, the interactions between different brain areas within the network are pathologically altered.
Acoustic CR® Neuromodulation delivers a personalized prescription of random, intermittent tones which are slightly higher and lower than the tinnitus sound itself; as the tones are very close to the threshold of human sound perception, they do not hinder everyday activities. The pioneering treatment brings progressive, sustainable improvement by disrupting the synchrony of nerve cells, enabling patients to 'unlearn' the tinnitus sound. Results from clinical evaluations show a significant reduction in tinnitus symptoms in 7 out of 10 patients, over an active treatment period of 10 months.
In the UK, the treatment is currently offered exclusively by The Tinnitus Clinic, from practices in London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester and Cheltenham. For more information, please contact The Tinnitus Clinic on tel. 0117-325-2206, email email@example.com or visit http://www.thetinnitusclinic.co.uk.
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* Silchenko AN, Adamchic I, Hauptmann C, Tass PA., Impact of acoustic coordinated reset neuromodulation on effective connectivity in a neural network of phantom sound. Neuroimage. 2013 Aug 15;77:133-47. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.03.013. Epub 2013 Mar 22.
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