Tinnitus is experienced by between 10 and 15% of adult Americans. As a sufferer myself I am particularly interested in this strange and puzzling condition, as many of you may be too. The problem with tinnitus is that the pathophysiology of it is unclear. There appears to be no official definition of tinnitus. Most traditional therapy aims to reduce the tinnitus-associated distress rather than the tinnitus itself. As well, there is a lack of funding for research.
I have a 2019 paper from Frontiers in Neuroscience entitled ‘Why Is There No Cure For Tinnitus?’. In my presentation I will offer a different opinion. After correspondence with Dr. William Teachey MD from Virginia Beach VA, I believe his opinion that 50% of tinnitus cases are not somatosensory and 50% are. Of the 50% that are, half of them will get somewhat better and half of them will get substantially better. Somatosensory tinnitus (ST) describes tinnitus symptoms originating in muscles of the neck, jaw or shoulder, and adjacent structures.
Over the years I have worked with tinnitus experts Dr. Teachey and Dr. Robert Levine of Mass General Hospital (MGH). Both have recently retired, leaving a void of medical interest and research. In my presentation I will outline the current allopathic standing of tinnitus and then describe four case studies of people I have treated for somatosensory tinnitus. I will describe in detail the techniques I used to help these people.
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Assessment and Treatment of Somatosensory Tinnitus
Lecture with Stewart Wild02:14:42