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Acoustic CR neuromodulation therapy for subjective tonal tinnitus: A review of clinical outcomes in an independent audiology practice setting
Journal of Communication Disorders, Deaf Studies & Hearing Aids

Journal of Communication Disorders, Deaf Studies & Hearing Aids
Open Access

ISSN: 2375-4427

Acoustic CR neuromodulation therapy for subjective tonal tinnitus: A review of clinical outcomes in an independent audiology practice setting


International Conference and Expo on Audiology and Hearing Devices

August 17-18, 2015 Birmingham, UK

Mark Williams1,2, Christian Hauptmann3 and Nitesh Patel4

Scientific Tracks Abstracts: Commun Disord Deaf Stud Hearing Aids

Abstract :

Objective: To describe the quantitative treatment outcomes of patients undergoing acoustic coordinated reset (CR) neuromodulation
at a single independent audiology practice over a 22-26 week period as part of an open label, non-randomized, non-controlled
observational study.
Methods: Sixty-six patients with subjective tonal tinnitus were treated with acoustic CR neuromodulation with a retrospective
review of patient records being performed in order to identify changes of visual analog scale (VAS, n=66) and in the score of the
tinnitus handicap questionnaire (THQ, n=51). Patients had their tinnitus severity recorded prior to the initiation of therapy using the
tinnitus handicap inventory in order to categorize patients into slight up to catastrophic impact categories. THQ and VAS for tinnitus
loudness/annoyance were obtained at the patient’s initial visit, at 10–14 and 22–26 weeks.
Results: Visual analogue scale scores were significantly improved, demonstrating a 25.8% mean reduction in tinnitus loudness and a
32% mean reduction in tinnitus annoyance with a clinically significant reduction in percept loudness and annoyance being recorded
in 59.1% and 72.7% of the patient group. THQ scores were significantly improved by 19.4% after 22–26 weeks of therapy compared
to baseline.
Conclusion: Acoustic CR neuromodulation therapy appears to be a practical and promising treatment for subjective tonal tinnitus.

Biography :

Mark Williams is a Chief Audiologist at The Tinnitus Clinic Ltd. He is a senior clinician specializing in the provision of tinnitus and hyperacusis management options for
adults. He has a specific interest in tinnitus psychoacoustic measurement along with researching the efficacy of neuromodualtion therapies for the treatment of subjective
percepts. He has both led and contributed to a number of clinic based observational studies. He currently leads a multidisciplinary clinical team for The Tinnitus Clinic Ltd.
He has previously led a team of audiologists for the NHS and has been a clinical tutor/examiner for MSc and BSc Audiology students at University College London (UCL).
He originally studied at UCL and obtained an honors degree in Molecular Biology, a Master’s degree in Audiological Science and a Post-graduate Diploma in Audiology
Clinical Competency. He is registered as a Hearing Aid Dispenser with the Health Professions Council (HPC) and as a Clinical Audiologist with the Registration Council for
Clinical Physiologists (RCCP).

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