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Future directions

Jos J. Eggermont

in The Neuroscience of Tinnitus

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199605606
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741555 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605606.003.0013
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Tinnitus research is making tremendous progress in both the understanding of mechanisms and in developing tinnitus management. Yet, we still do not know why only 2/3rd of people with hearing loss develop tinnitus, or why tinnitus occurs in people without hearing loss. We also do not know the reason why both loudness and annoyance of tinnitus are enhanced by stress, whereas the two are typically only weakly correlated. Most importantly we do not know how findings in animal models and those in humans can be integrated. An attractive common ground could be to study cortical neural networks in animals as well as humans using either drug treatment, or local electrical or magnetic stimulation. The ultimate cure for tinnitus might be to restore the hearing loss by regeneration of cochlear hair cells, but this is still far away and even if successful may create its own problems.

Keywords: neural modelling; fMRI; drug treatment; tinnitus typology; hair cell regeneration

Chapter.  2326 words. 

Subjects: Neuroscience

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