VA Tinnitus Care

Posted: August 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

Dallas-based MicroTransponder Inc. reported today positive results from an early clinical trial for a wireless neurostimulation system that treats patients with tinnitus, which is commonly known as “constant ringing in the ears.” The privately held company also said it raised $2 million in angel funding to continue developing the tinnitus therapy known as the Serenity System. The treatment combines an implanted device, similar to a pacemaker, that stimulates a nerve in the neck with listening to tones. The trial, which took place in Belgium, found that seven out of 10 patients reported significant decreases in tinnitus, the company said. The improvement lasted at least two months and in some cases six months to a year. Data from the initial, 10-patient trial was presented last month at the Tinnitus Research Initiative conference in Belgium. As many as 2 million Americans suffer from severe tinnitus, according to the American Tinnitus Association, with the problem especially acute among military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. More than 850,000 former soldiers are estimated to suffer from this ailment. No cure exists for tinnitus. MicroTransponder plans to conduct a 30-person clinical trial in the United States in 2013, said company spokesman Jordan Curnes. The company continues to raise money with another $1.5 million needed to complete trials for the Serenity System, Curnes said. For more information on the clinical trial or the tinnitus treatment, check out MicroTransponder’s web site . [Source: Dallas News Hanah Cho article 5 Jul 2012 ++]


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