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Reorganizing Brain Could Lead to New Stroke, Tinnitus Treatments
Science Daily ^ | 07-19-2012 | Staff

Posted on 07/20/2012 3:20:19 PM PDT by Red Badger

UT Dallas researchers recently demonstrated how nerve stimulation paired with specific experiences, such as movements or sounds, can reorganize the brain. This technology could lead to new treatments for stroke, tinnitus, autism and other disorders.

In a related paper, UT Dallas neuroscientists showed that they could alter the speed at which the brain works in laboratory animals by pairing stimulation of the vagus nerve with fast or slow sounds.

A team led by Dr. Robert Rennaker and Dr. Michael Kilgard looked at whether repeatedly pairing vagus nerve stimulation with a specific movement would change neural activity within the laboratory rats' primary motor cortex. To test the hypothesis, they paired the vagus nerve stimulation with movements of the forelimb in two groups of rats. The results were published in a recent issue of Cerebral Cortex.

(Excerpt) Read more at sciencedaily.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: ear; health; hearing; stroke; tinnitus; vagusverve

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?????.......

Tinnitus Ring List, just ask.................

1 posted on 07/20/2012 3:20:27 PM PDT by Red Badger
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To: joe fonebone; SamiGirl; gitmogrunt; Freee-dame; ROCKLOBSTER; ryderann; Red_Devil 232; ...

Tinnitus RING!....................

2 posted on 07/20/2012 3:23:04 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Red Badger
They can't get a treatment for tinnitus quick enough for me! Drives me crazy and the Drs. say there is nothing they can do....
3 posted on 07/20/2012 3:23:43 PM PDT by martinidon
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To: Red Badger

I saw a post that said if you clasp your ears and then drum on the back of your skull with extended fingers the ringing will cease l


4 posted on 07/20/2012 3:25:57 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: martinidon

The Drs are telling the truth. There is as yet no cure or really effective treatment for tinnitus. There are a bunch of scam ‘organic’ stuff and various electronic devices out there but none that are truly useful..................


5 posted on 07/20/2012 3:26:56 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Red Badger

thanks!


6 posted on 07/20/2012 3:28:24 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Happy to be represented by Lt. Col. Allen West)
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To: bert

Tried it. Didn’t work for me.......perhaps I need a baseball bat.................


7 posted on 07/20/2012 3:28:38 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: bert

It will absolutely stop if you drum hard enough... but you may have to use something more substantial than your fingers.


8 posted on 07/20/2012 3:29:35 PM PDT by OHelix
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To: Red Badger

Thus breast feeding babies prevents autism?


9 posted on 07/20/2012 3:33:02 PM PDT by donna (Conservatives believe in God, Family, Country. Not money, money, money.)
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To: Red Badger

You rang?

Yeah, constantly, can’t wait for this treatment!


10 posted on 07/20/2012 3:34:24 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Red Badger

T4TP, Red! It was even louder than that damned ringing....


11 posted on 07/20/2012 3:34:37 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: OHelix

“It will absolutely stop if you drum hard enough... but you may have to use something more substantial than your fingers.”

Drum for how long? How often? Does this become a permanent solution (cure)?


12 posted on 07/20/2012 3:34:50 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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To: Red Badger

bump!


13 posted on 07/20/2012 3:39:25 PM PDT by glock rocks (optimist / pessimist? I'm an awesomist - There's a dragon in that glass!)
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To: Red Badger
I've got bad ringing too. I grind my teeth at night and noticed if I slide my lower jaw out, the ringing gets much worse, and the farther I push my jaw back toward my neck, it diminishes. It doesn't go away, but I can start to hear myself think.

So, whatever my particular brand of tinnitus is, it's influenced by positions of my jaw. My theory is that a bad car accident with whiplash and a concussion caused a cascade of minor to severe health issues that inhibit my body's natural healing forces (e.g. no stage 3 sleep to build T-cells and integrate short term memory).

14 posted on 07/20/2012 3:43:25 PM PDT by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: GGpaX4DumpedTea

If hard enough, it only takes one good solid blow to the back of the head to cure it permanently. ;o)

To my knowledge there is no known “cure” for sensory-neural tinnitis. Some people experience relief from “masking”, which is putting a narrow band of white noise in the ear with a hearing aid type device... but that can often make speech more difficult to understand. I’ve heard of people sleeping with such devices or leaving the radio on with just static at night.


15 posted on 07/20/2012 3:51:28 PM PDT by OHelix
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To: Red Badger

This doesn’t surprise me. It’s in line with what the neurofeedback people are doing in other areas - doing things that stimulate the building of new neural pathways.


16 posted on 07/20/2012 4:09:58 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: uncommonsense

One cause of tinnitus is a blood vein/artery, I can’t remember which, that runs too close to the surface near the eardrum. It can be fixed with surgery, but is very expensive and dangerous to boot.........


17 posted on 07/20/2012 4:14:36 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Red Badger
A Yanmar Diesel Injector, hooked to the injector pump, but removed from the engine and applied to the mastoid area will end tinnitus (and your ailing career) quickly.

aka "The Vince Foster Tinnitus Cure"

18 posted on 07/20/2012 4:19:12 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (What Hawaii gave to Obama, was not what Obama gave to us.)
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To: OHelix

My new Costco hearing aids made it much worse, plus making people knocking on the door sound like TOT Artillery. Drop a pot in my kitchen ... and I may have to shoot you!


19 posted on 07/20/2012 4:21:40 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (What Hawaii gave to Obama, was not what Obama gave to us.)
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To: bert; Red Badger

“I saw a post that said if you clasp your ears and then drum on the back of your skull with extended fingers the ringing will cease l”

That post was probably from me Badge. It didn’t help me at all, but some others at The Steel Guitar Forum said it helped them a great deal. Certainly worth trying!


20 posted on 07/20/2012 4:23:38 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Red Badger
Classical music zombie cure

www.deutschegrammophon.com

Buy the entire library and work your way through it 24/7 for the rest of your life. By the time you get to Schumann, you'll either be cured or the point will be moot.

21 posted on 07/20/2012 4:28:09 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (What Hawaii gave to Obama, was not what Obama gave to us.)
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To: Red Badger
That would make sense - thank you!

I'm unusually vascular (I'd make a good lab dummy). The noise does seem to pulse with heart beats and that would explain the sound variances when I move my jaw. Also, I probably have circulatory issues and any blockages can certainly create friction or a ventura effect (like the increased noise from a dirty air filter).

22 posted on 07/20/2012 4:31:26 PM PDT by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: Red Badger

Perhaps some humans have extra-sensory hearing (like dogs) and are picking up all the sound wave transmissions from cell towers. The tinnitus phenomena seems to be increasing. Never heard my parents’ generation complaining about ‘ringing’ - now every one in my age group has it.

We need cochlear transplants - a new ear in the new year!!!


23 posted on 07/20/2012 4:36:39 PM PDT by sodpoodle
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To: sodpoodle

Earphones turned up way to loud in our teens is probably the most common cause today.
Tomorrow it will be Hip-Hop at 2000 watts inside the cars............


24 posted on 07/20/2012 4:40:15 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Red Badger

My tinnitus has recently become much worse. These days it’s so loud that it can easily overwhelm my iPod. I am praying daily for a treatment that works.


25 posted on 07/20/2012 4:42:20 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: Red Badger

Just a hint to anyone who goes to a NASCAR race for the first time, wear ear plugs.


26 posted on 07/20/2012 4:42:45 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Red Badger
Will it help with night time “jimmy legs”?
27 posted on 07/20/2012 4:51:55 PM PDT by hummingbird (Breitbart and Spartacus: here, there, everywhere.)
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To: OHelix

another crappy worded headline by professionals. first time i read it i thought reorganizing could cause a new stroke.
i have tinnitus from mortar and tank gunfire. 80% of the time it’s just there not really annoying but wish it was gone. 10% it’s my own white noise generator. and 10% it drives me crazy. i ahve music on when i go to sleep which helps and focusing on it with meditation helps. and i just suck it up and am gratiful i can still hera.


28 posted on 07/20/2012 4:54:23 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (If the little things really bother you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: Ronin

I’m being treated here and so far, so good.

http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/health/services/ent/services/tinnitus-clinic/tinnitus_options.cfm


29 posted on 07/20/2012 4:56:57 PM PDT by OregonRancher (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints)
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To: Red Badger

There is likely also the question of how long any of the effects of the treatments lasted/will last; learning if the change was permanent or not; does the longer-term pre-established neural patterns return, at some point. Interesting subject watchers will won’t to know.


30 posted on 07/20/2012 5:05:14 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: Red Badger

Bookmark.


31 posted on 07/20/2012 5:19:53 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: martinidon

The ringing in my ears is so loud my wife can here it.


32 posted on 07/20/2012 5:30:58 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Red Badger

It’s all in your head.

Seriously, if you don’t think about it for long enough, it will go away, That is until you get pinged to the Tinnitus threads.

And yes, I can hear it now.


33 posted on 07/20/2012 6:26:34 PM PDT by Principle Over Politics (Obamney or Rombama 2012. Two sides of the same coin. Pick your poisen!)
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To: Red Badger

Thanks for the ping!


34 posted on 07/20/2012 7:10:15 PM PDT by Vor Lady (Everyone should read The Importance of the Electoral College by Geo. Grant)
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To: Principle Over Politics

Darn - I thought I was hearing crickets


35 posted on 07/20/2012 7:13:52 PM PDT by vrwconspiracist (The Tax Man cometh)
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To: Principle Over Politics
Seriously, if you don’t think about it for long enough, it will go away,

I've had tinnitus for years now and it never goes away. Sometimes the 'ringing' is quiet, but most of the time it's very loud and annoying. Mine actually sounds like cicaidas, not ringing, only unlike the bugs, it doesn't stop when it gets cold outside.

36 posted on 07/20/2012 7:20:42 PM PDT by Vor Lady (Everyone should read The Importance of the Electoral College by Geo. Grant)
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To: Vor Lady

That’s what mine sounds like too. It is always there but if I don’t think about it, it stops bothering me for long periods of time.

You might want to try this software, it helps me.

http://www.arteson.com/audionoise/index.html


37 posted on 07/20/2012 7:50:37 PM PDT by Principle Over Politics (Obamney or Rombama 2012. Two sides of the same coin. Pick your poisen!)
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To: Red Badger

Tinnitus both ears, 43 years, since range at Ft. Ord, CA.

Live with it. I do.


38 posted on 07/20/2012 7:57:47 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: Red Badger

been dealing with it for decades and I find as I get old, every now and then it stops, don’t know why but it will start up again...I figured after I hit 70 its quiet cause the brain cells are holding a funeral for a couple more brain cells that croaked. I am losing those brain cells pretty fast lately...


39 posted on 07/20/2012 8:50:27 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Kenny Bunk

That there is funny, I don’t care who you are....LOL


40 posted on 07/20/2012 8:55:21 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Kenny Bunk

Oh man... do I sympathize. I’ve had some bad hearing aids over the years, but COSTCO? Sounds one step up from Kmart.

I’m between hearing aids now, but I’ll keep saving until I can afford a good one. A bad hearing aid is worse than no hearing aid at all, IMO.


41 posted on 07/21/2012 8:07:09 AM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: Red Badger
http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/alcohol-abuse/news/20050922/alcoholism-drug-may-ease-ringing-in-ears
42 posted on 07/22/2012 5:55:53 AM PDT by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
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