sábado, 31 de marzo de 2012

Healthy Hearing Free Guide Offers Information, Resources for Hearing Loss

March 20th 2012

Not being able to hear adequately isn’t just frustrating, it also can be a safety concern – especially when it interferes with the ability to hear warning signals, such as police sirens, weather alarms or railroad crossing and train whistles.

If you suspect you or someone you love is among the one in ten individuals experiencing some sort of hearing loss, a free guide from Healthy Hearing can answer your questions and point you toward the resources you need. hearing loss and treatment free guide

Hearing Loss and Treatment: Symptoms of Hearing Loss and Treatment Options is an easy-to-read guide which walks you expertly through the symptoms of, definitions and terminology associated with and places to turn for those who believe they may have some type of hearing loss.

Does your hearing improve when you turn up the volume? That’s one of the symptoms of conductive hearing loss. Do you have problems understanding people when they talk, even when they’re speaking in a normal tone? That’s one of the symptoms of sensorineural hearing loss. And that ringing or buzzing sound in your ear is called tinnitus, a symptom of hearing loss – all of which is explained in the Hearing Loss and Treatment guide.

As with most medical conditions, treatment of hearing loss begins with a thorough hearing evaluation conducted by a hearing care professional. A detailed description of this 30-45 minute evaluation is outlined in the Hearing Loss and Treatment guide, and involves answering a series of questions about your general health, a visual inspection of your ears, a measure of the amount of hearing in each ear and other tests designed to assess your auditory system.

The guide explains why it’s important to take someone with you to the evaluation and defines some of the terminology you may encounter while you’re there. Common tools used in a hearing evaluations, such as an otoscope and audiogram, are discussed in easy-to-understand language, along with other tests which may be performed to assess all aspects of your hearing.

In the ‘Types of Treatment’ section, the guide explains what plan of treatment your health professional may recommend after the evaluation, depending upon the source of your hearing loss. Those with conductive hearing often have their hearing restored once the underlying cause of the condition is identified and repaired, either through surgery or medication. Individuals diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss, which is most often caused by damage to the inner ear, may need hearing aids or a cochlear implant to improve the impairment.

Information concerning a cochlear implant is included in the guide, along with insights into hearing aids and other types of treatment. Links in the guide provide more information regarding conductive hearing loss, the indications of hearing loss, news on cochlear implants and frequently asked questions about hearing evaluations.

Experts say hearing loss is on the rise, but the good news is detection and advances in medical science can restore or improve your hearing. So, if you’re one of the more than 23-million Americans estimated to have some type of untreated hearing loss, you owe it to yourself to have a comprehensive hearing evaluation as soon as possible.

To download this free guide, visit http://www.healthyhearing.com/content/Hearing-loss.

Want to know more? Look for our other free guides in the Healthy Hearing series, including: Guide to Hearing Aids, Hearing and Your Loved Ones, Understanding Your Audiogram and Types of Hearing Loss and How Do We Hear?

Fuente: http://www.healthyhearing.com/content/articles/Hearing-loss/Types/50071-Free-hearing-loss-guide?utm_source=Healthy+Hearing+Newsletter&utm_campaign=e14c09763b-HH_Update_March_21_Issue_A_B&utm_medium=email

New Resources Available for Individuals Living with Microtia and Aural Atresia

February 22nd 2012

New Global Website Addresses Rare Congenital Deformities of the Ear

DENVER, Colo. – In the United States, one in every 6,000 children is born with Microtia and Aural Atresia, rare congenital deformities of the ear. The condition is sometimes characterized as “little ear” and is often accompanied by other syndromes and hearing loss that affect quality of life.

EarCommunity.com, a just-launched website, is the first to offer support and resources to individuals and families around the world living with Microtia/Atresia and associated syndromes, including: Hemifacial Microsomia, Treacher Collins and Goldenhar Syndrome.

The new website provides practical information, advocacy resources, surgical and technology solutions, inspirational stories, news and latest research and most importantly, an opportunity for families and individuals to connect with a supportive online community.

The quality and depth of the information and resources available at EarCommunity.com also makes the site a valuable portal for medical professionals seeking the newest information on these rare conditions of the ear.

Access to the website’s continually-updated content is truly global, with instant translation to any of 48 languages.

In addition to the convenience and accessibility provided by the new website, resources and information exchanged within the community are saved, indexed and archived – creating a powerful bank of information not previously available.

EarCommunity.com is a labor of love for Melissa Tumblin, a Denver mom, who researched and gathered more than 100 web pages of highly visual content that includes articles, photos, videos and online forums. Tumblin’s daughter, Ally, was born with Microtia, a congenital disorder that causes a deformity of one or both ears in which the outer ear is underdeveloped or absent.

Like many children with Microtia and Atresia, Ally also experiences some degree of hearing loss. The minimal amount of information and support available following Ally’s diagnosis led Tumblin to seek the guidance of leading physicians, surgeons and audiologists who could help her acquire the accurate and authoritative information she needed to secure the best outcome for her daughter.

Her work with national and regional advocacy groups, medical organizations, leading physicians and researchers quickly made Tumblin a national resource on Microtia, Atresia and related disorders.

In 2010, she formed the Microtia and Atresia Support Group on Facebook and in June 2011 launched the first annual Colorado Microtia & Atresia Family Summer Picnic. The enthusiastic response of her support group led Tumblin to plan a series of family picnics for 2012 in the US in California, Colorado, Texas, New York and New Jersey and in Canada in Toronto and Calgary.

“The website is packed full of invaluable information to help visitors understand all of their options so they can make the best decisions,” said Tumblin. “The website easily explains the surgical techniques that are available step-by-step, hearing device options, advanced technology and other helpful resources and services.

The website provides guidance on finding financial and educational assistance through government and non-profit agencies.”

The site also offers insight on securing Individualized Education and 504 Plans and Early Intervention Programs. A special section is devoted to helping youngsters and their parents address bullying and other discriminatory activities at school and within their communities.

Tumblin is especially proud of the many adults and children who share their life experiences and achievements – serving as much needed role models for the young people who participate in the online forums.

EarCommunity.com represents Tumblin’s newest endeavor in community-building for teens, adults and healthcare professionals. She views the website as a logical next step inspired by her desire to “simply make things easier for the next family who has a child born with Microtia and Atresia.”

The website has already been previewed and acknowledged by national and global organizations as well as surgeons, audiologist and healthcare professionals in a variety of disciplines around the world.

Fuente: http://www.healthyhearing.com/content/news/Assistance/Awareness/47858-New-resources-available-for-individuals-living-with-microtia-and-aural-atresia?utm_source=Healthy+Hearing+Newsletter&utm_campaign=e14c09763b-HH_Update_March_21_Issue_A_B&utm_medium=email

Terapia novedosa para el Tinnitus

La audición es muy importante para nuestra vida cotidiana.

Mediante el sonido nos podemos comunicar, escuchar música, disfrutar de los sonidos de la naturaleza, nos sirve también para ponernos alerta ante algún tipo de peligro, etc. Un pequeño trastorno en éste sistema tan complejo puede provocar el empeoramiento de la audición.

Las pérdidas auditivas, los acúfenos o tinnitus (ruidos o pitidos en el oído), son problemas muy comunes.

La pérdida auditiva más frecuente es la ocasionada por la edad, aunque en contra de lo que se piensa, no se produce exclusivamente por ello sino que cada vez es más frecuente que aparezca entre los jóvenes.
Un tratamiento personalizado de los acúfenos o tinnitus: Una nueva esperanza para los enfermos


Un tratamiento personalizado del tinnitus que implica escuchar los sonidos a través de auriculares (headphones) puede ofrecer una nueva esperanza para miles de enfermos, según un nuevo estudio.

El inusual tratamiento se ha diseñado para “reiniciar” las células del nervio auditivo en el cerebro, de manera que dejen de “presentar fallas de encendido”.

Conocido como Neuromodulación de Reinicio Acústico Coordinado (Acoustic Co-ordinated Reset CR), redujo los síntomas de tinnitus en tres cuartas partes de los pacientes del ensayo.

El tratamiento de £ 4.500, presentado en la Clínica de Tinnitus en Londres (Tinnitus Clinic in London) el año pasado, actualmente sólo está disponible para los pacientes privados.

Sin embargo, los resultados de los ensayos podría allanar el camino para que se ofrezca gratis en el NHS (National Health Service of UK).

Se estima que un 10% de la población del Reino Unido sufre de tinnitus, lo que provoca zumbidos, rugidos y otros ruidos en los oídos.

Unas 600.000 personas sufren el problema a un grado de discapacidad. El tinnitus puede conducir a la pérdida de sueño, depresión y ansiedad, y tienen un fuerte impacto en la vida doméstica y laboral.

La condición es incurable y la mayoría de los tratamientos se basan en ayudar a los pacientes a sobrellevar y hacer caso omiso de los síntomas.

La Neuromodulación de Reinicio Acústico Coordinado (Acoustic Co-ordinated Reset CR) se desarrolló a partir de terapias para enfermedades neurológicas como el Parkinson que involucran estimulación de neuronas ubicadas en lo profundo del cerebro.

Pero a diferencia de la estimulación cerebral profunda de tipo invasivo, todo lo que requiere es que los pacientes llevan un par de audífonos especiales por unas pocas horas al día.

Los auriculares emiten una serie de tonos ajustados de acuerdo a la frecuencia característica de tinnitus del paciente.

Esto desbarata los patrones del zumbido del tinnitus que producen las células del nervio auditivo.

En el estudio participaron 63 pacientes que recibieron tratamientos genuinos y placebo.

Los pacientes calificaron la intensidad y la molestia de los síntomas, y también se sometieron a mediciones de ondas cerebrales.

Se observaron beneficios significativos para los pacientes tratados dentro de las 12 semanas, y se mantuvo durante 10 meses. Una medida de los síntomas, llamado Cuestionario de Tinnitus, mostró una tasa de respuesta del 75%.

No hubo cambios en pacientes tratados con placebo. El tinnitus relacionado con alteraciones cerebrales, revirtió también por la terapia.

Los resultados del estudio, dirigido por el profesor Peter Tass, en el Centro de Investigación Jülich (Julich Research Centre), en Alemania, será presentado en una conferencia de la Asociación Médica Británica mañana 20 de marzo de 2012.

También aparecen en la revista Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience.

La Neuromodulación de Reinicio Acústico Coordinado (Acoustic Co-ordinated Reset CR) ha estado disponible en Alemania desde 2010, donde se ha utilizado para tratar a más de 2.000 pacientes.

Mark Williams, un audiólogo en la Clínica de Tinnitus, dijo: “Este enfoque es totalmente novedoso … es el primero con el concepto de CR, y sus resultados son alentadores, es el primer tratamiento para el tinnitus que busca eliminarlo en lugar de enmascararlo. Se espera que ayude a una gama más amplia de pacientes. “

La clínica está financiando un ensayo en Reino Unido, en un grupo de pacientes más grande, en la Universidad de Nottingham.

También se presenta una solicitud de evaluación para el Instituto Nacional de Salud y Excelencia Clínica (NICE) lo que permitiría el tratamiento en el National Health Service of UK .

Prof. Dr. Dr. Peter Tass
Tinnitus treatment: New hope for sufferers

A personalised tinnitus treatment that involves listening to sounds through headphones may offer new hope for thousands of sufferers, a study has found.

The unusual therapy is designed to “reset” auditory nerve cells in the brain to stop them misfiring.

Known as Acoustic Co-ordinated Reset (CR) Neuromodulation, it reduced tinnitus symptoms in three quarters of trial patients.

The £4,500 treatment, introduced at the Tinnitus Clinic in London last year, is currently only available to private patients.

But the trial results could pave the way to it being offered freely on the NHS (National Health Service of UK).

An estimated 10% of the UK population suffers from tinnitus, which causes ringing, buzzing, roaring and other noises in the ears.

Some 600,000 people experience the problem to a disabling degree. Tinnitus can lead to loss of sleep, depression and anxiety, and have a severe impact on domestic and working life.

The condition is incurable and most treatments rely on helping patients cope with and ignore the symptoms.

Acoustic CR Neuromodulation was developed from therapies for neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s that involve stimulating neurons with probes sunk deep into the brain.

But unlike invasive Deep Brain Stimulation, all it requires is for patients to wear a set of special headphones for a few hours a day.

The headphones emit a series of tones tuned according to the characteristic frequency of the patient’s tinnitus.

This is said to disrupt the rhythmic firing patterns of tinnitus-creating auditory nerve cells.

The study involved 63 patients who received genuine and “dummy” placebo treatments.

Patients were asked to rate the loudness and annoyance of their symptoms, and also underwent brainwave measurements.

Significant benefits to the treated patients were seen within 12 weeks, and persisted over 10 months. One symptom measure, called the Tinnitus Questionnaire, showed a response rate of 75%.

No such changes were seen in placebo patients. Tinnitus-related brainwave alterations were also reversed by the therapy.

Results from the trial, led by Professor Peter Tass at the Julich Research Centre in Germany, will be presented at a British Medical Association conference tomorrow.

They also appear in the journal Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience.

Acoustic CR Neuromodulation has been available in Germany since 2010, where it has been used to treat more than 2,000 patients.

Mark Williams, an audiologist at the Tinnitus Clinic, said: “This landmark academic paper … is the first in-man trial for the CR concept, and its results are extremely encouraging. As the first treatment for tinnitus to remove rather than mask symptoms, clinical evidence of safety and efficacy will hopefully open up this treatment to a wider range of patients.”

The clinic is funding a UK trial in a larger patient group at Nottingham University.

It is also submitting an appraisal application to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice).

Approval from Nice could result in the treatment being made available on the NHS.

Fuente: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/new-hope-for-tinnitus-sufferers-7576977.html
Fuente: cinabrio.over-blog.es

¿Por qué tiembla en el pueblo de Clintonville, Wisconsin?

Jaime Reyes, Marzo 22, 2012

Los pobladores de Clintonville, en Wisconsin, siguen sin saber que son y de donde provienen una serie de ruidos, que describen como explosiones y temblores, que los ha mantenido en desvelo desde el 19 de marzo.

Según un comunicado de autoridades del Condado de Waupaca, ese día a la 1:44 am residentes de Clintonville empezaron a llamar a la estación de Policía, describiendo lo que calificaron como fuertes explosiones, zumbidos y fuertes temblores. Estos han continuado hasta el jueves 22 de marzo, según un mapa condal.

Oficiales municipales y condales han investigado muchas de las posibles causas, incluido el sistema de agua residual, las redes de servicios públicos, áreas mineras, un basurero cercano, negocios, una presa municipal, operativos militares y fenómenos geológicos, pero hasta el momento las causas de los temblores siguen en el misterio.

Algunos vecinos han optado por mudarse del pueblo, localizado 40 millas al oeste de Green Bay.

Por otro lado, reportes indican que científicos del US Geological Survey han señalado que el martes 20 de marzo, pasada la medianoche, se registró un temblor de baja intensidad.


jueves, 29 de marzo de 2012

Nueva Dirección, nos mudamos

Estimados Pacientes,Colegas y amigos.

Tenemos el agrado de comunicarles que desde el proximo martes 03 de Abril de 2012, estaremos desarrollando nuestras actividades en una nueva dirección:

Piso 6° depto "3" en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.
Codigo postal C1121ABL
Republica Argentina.
Teléfonos +54 11 2066 1908 y +54 11 4 771 6228
email: info@acufeno.com

Les agradecemos vuestra confianza, y le informamos que los horarios
de secretaría son de lunes a viernes de 9.00 a 19.30 horas,


Dr. Darío Roitman

domingo, 25 de marzo de 2012

Learning From Other Patients

March 22, 2012,
Learning From Other Patients
By PAULINE W. CHEN, M.D., Columnist

Sometimes, patients can be one of the best sources of information.Thinstock/Getty ImagesSometimes, patients can be one of the best sources of information.

Several years ago, I was invited to give a lecture to a group of patients who had received organ transplants at the hospital where I was working. The evening started well — patients I had cared for greeted me warmly, and everyone seemed interested in the talk I had prepared. But as soon as I was finished, the audience started asking questions, and I began to feel a creeping sense of doubt about my performance.

While I was able to reel off statistics on the latest treatments and medications, I found I had little to offer when it came to issues most pressing to them. I wasn’t sure of the best way to organize and remember the dozens of medications they were required to take. I didn’t know the most efficient way for them to schedule follow-up visits with me or my colleagues. I had no suggestions other than more pills for dealing with the nausea induced by their anti-rejection drugs. And I could only listen, speechless, to stories about co-workers who continued to discriminate against them by treating them like “sick people.”

I watched as the audience spontaneously broke out into smaller groups, people’s faces lighting up as they recognized their own travails in the stories of others.

The event organizer, a transplant patient herself who regularly coordinated lectures like this, approached me. To my surprise, instead of being upset with me, she bubbled over with praise.

“What you’ve done tonight is to help each of these people begin talking with someone who has been through the exact same experience,” she said. She looked out at the audience and smiled. “This,” she said, pointing to the clusters of conversations, “means more than you realize.”

I remembered her words when I read a study published this week in Annals of Internal Medicine on the effects of peer mentoring.

Researchers analyzed the blood glucose control of 120 African-American patients struggling with diabetes. The researchers chose these patients because African-Americans tend to be affected more frequently and have more severe complications than other groups from diabetes, a condition that can be mitigated by changes in diet and exercise.

The patients were randomly divided into three groups. Those in one group saw their doctors and received the usual care; those in another group were offered up to $200 if they could improve their glucose control over time; and individuals in the third group were assigned a peer mentor, a fellow patient who had also struggled with but eventually managed to control his diabetes.

Peer mentors were encouraged, but not required, to phone their assigned mentee once a week.

After six months, the only group of patients who had significantly improved their blood sugar control was the group with peer mentors. Those who were promised a financial reward showed only slight improvements, and those who simply saw their doctors regularly did not improve at all.

“People who were struggling with their diabetes managed to create a partnership with those who had faced the same issues but managed to do well,” said Dr. Judith A. Long, lead author and a staff physician and faculty member at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion.

While work done by the mentors in this study seems similar to that performed by community health workers, carrying out this peer mentor program was far less complex and time-consuming. During an hourlong one-on-one training session with a research assistant, the mentors learned some motivational techniques, like asking open-ended questions and identifying realistic goals. But mostly, they were encouraged to draw on their own history.

“We told them that we chose them because they are the experts,” Dr. Long said. While the researchers offered some potential phrases to use, “we wanted their advice to come very much from their own experiences.”

Not all of the study patients looked forward to being mentored. Some even became upset when assigned to the peer mentoring group. But eventually many of the pairs developed strong ties, and several stayed in contact after the study was completed. One patient who was initially unhappy about being paired became such good friends with his mentor that the two continue to meet regularly for lunch at the hospital canteen.

Despite the improved blood sugar control among the mentored patients, the researchers acknowledge that it is still unclear how long the positive effects of these relationships will last and whether the patients can maintain their new habits in the long term. To help answer these questions, the researchers have developed a larger and more extensive peer mentoring study. They hope to look also at the effect of mentoring on the health of the mentors, as well as ways to tap into the growing number of “successfully mentored” individuals who want to mentor others.

“There’s that ‘pay it forward’ feeling,” Dr. Long said. “People’s good will comes through, and because they were mentored, they want to mentor someone else.”

That good will, and the real-life expertise that comes with it, give Dr. Long and her colleagues much hope for the future of programs like this one. “A lot of the management of chronic diseases happens outside of the doctor-patient interaction,” Dr. Long said. “And over the course of a year even with their sickest patients, primary care doctors spend maybe three hours total with them.

“But peer mentoring is an inexpensive, easy and patient-centered way we doctors can support healthy behaviors outside of our offices.”

Fuente: Diario The New York times, USA


El vértigo y el acúfeno son motivo de consulta habitual para el médico de atención primaria. En España se calcula que el 6'5% de las consultas de Atención Primaria están suscitadas por un problema de vértigo, mareo o desequilibrio.
Varios trabajos han demostrado que una anamnesis detallada orienta al diagnóstico en un 80% de los casos. Si a esto añadimos los resultados de una correcta exploración clínica, nos encontramos con que es posible una aproximación diagnóstica sin tener que recurrir a procedimientos m´s complejos y poco eficientes. Esto es de especial relevancia en Atención Primaria, donde los medios diagnósticos y el tiempo por paciente son limitados.
Con esta jornada pretendemos sentar las bases que permitan al médico de familia ayudar al paciente con vértigo y acúfenos, reconociendo las entidades clínicas más comunes e iniciar el tratamiento correctamente.

Lugar: Colegio Oficial de Médicos de Almería
Fecha: 24 y 25 de abril
Horario: 16 a 20 horas
Colegio Of. de Médicos de Almería (Telefono 950233122 o en info@comalmeria.es)
Inscripción gratuita pero obligatoria, para la organización de los grupos para los talleres de práctias.
Acreditación: Agencia de Calidad Sanitaria de Andalucía (Solicitud en trámite)
Avalado por:
Sociedad Andaluza de Medicina Familiar y Comunitaria (SAMFyC)
Sociedad Española de Otorrinolaringología y Patología Cervico-Facial (SEORL-PCF)
Entidades colaboradoras:
Instituto Audiológico de Almería
Grupo Menarini
Agrupación Mutual Aseguradora (A.M.A.)
Ver el temario en:
Fuente: Colegio de Medicos de Almería, España.

viernes, 23 de marzo de 2012

A la memoria de Arturo Luís, Médico Otorrinolaringólogo.

Hoy inesperada y lamentablemente falleció mi colega y amigo el Dr. Arturo Luis, un buén médico Otorrinolaringologo.

Tengo de Arturo el mejor de los recuerdos, de la época en que juntos estudiaramos Medicina, de la relacion que ademas tuvimos con nuestras respectivas familias, de la época de nuestra residencia en el Hospital de Clinicas de Buenos Aires y en el Sanatorio Guemes, donde ambos tuvimos bajo el ala del Prof. Jose Bello y de compañero al Prof. Fernando Federico Spikermann.

De espiritu inquieto, muy estudioso y absolutamente serio en su actividad profesional, pierde la Otorrinolaringologia Argentina hoy a un trabajador laborioso y dedicado a sus pacientes con sencillez y galanura.

Hoy lo vemos de aqui partir, otros lo veran llegar al lugar donde sin dudas merece estar descansando.

Chau querido Arturo , un abrazo y hasta siempre.

Dr. Dario Roitman
Buenos Aires. 23 de marzo de 2012.

Acúfenos: Sección videos: Anticipo(teaser) del proximo video OIRSE de Filmotive

OÍRSE [teaser] from FILMOTIVE on Vimeo.

OÍRSE [teaser] from FILMOTIVE on Vimeo.
Anticipo del video OIRSE

English title: The sound inside, Es un documental de 52 minutos, en HD, que se vislumbra ha de estrenarse en Junio 2012.

Dirigido por David Arratibel
BSO: El columpio asesino

Una producción de Filmotive, Zazpi T'erdi y Bosalay.
Con la colaboración del INAAC (Gobierno de Navarra)
Con la ayuda de APAT (Asociación de Personas Afectadas por Tinnitus)

Sinopsis: "Aquel día un sonido fantasma empezó a sonar en mi cabeza: un pitido y unas cigarras que sólo yo escuchaba, o quizá alguien más lo hiciera. Como la mayoría de las personas, huía del silencio para no escuchar el interior. Porque el silencio es sólo el principio, es la entrada"

FUENTE: filmotive.com
PRODUCTOR Iñaki Sagastume

jueves, 22 de marzo de 2012

congreso Internacional de otorrinolaringologia Corea 2013

La sordera de Ludwig van Beethoven marcó sus tres periodos musicales


Ludwig van Beethoven, uno de los compositores más importantes de la historia de la música, desplegó su arte y maravilló a Europa en el siglo XVIII y XIX. Sufrió lo peor que le puede pasar a un músico: quedarse sordo.

La revista especializada British Medical Journal acaba de publicar un interesante estudio hecho por científicos de la Universidad de Amsterdam que relaciona los tres periodos de su espléndida obra con la evolución de su sordera. Han centrado el estudio en los cuartetos de cuerda.

Esta delicia sonora es producto de además del talento innegable de Beethoven, de un oído sano. En su primera etapa Beethoven utilizaba todos los tonos que se le antojaban.

Hasta que la enfermedad debutó con la pérdida de la capacidad para escuchar los sonidos agudos. A medida que progresaba la dolencia el músico empezó a usar notas de frecuencia media y baja porque eran las que mejor podía manejar.

Beethoven podía componer sobre el papel e imaginar las notas, escucharlas en su cabeza

Un detalle interesante que resaltan los científicos es que no es imprescindible escuchar todas las frecuencias para poder utilizarlas en una composición.

Beethoven podía componer sobre el papel e imaginar las notas, escucharlas en su cabeza. De hecho cuando ya oía mal se aseguraba de no tener un piano en la sala donde estaba componiendo para no tener la tentación de tocar lo que estaba escribiendo hasta que lo hubiera terminado, no quería desesperarse al escucharlo. Por su sordera le sonaba fatal.
Por correspondencia

Los detalles sobre su sordera es información extraída de su correspondencia. La primera referencia a su sordera data de 1801, cuando tenía 31 años.

Afectó primero a su oído izquierdo y luego se extendió a ambos, comenzaron los acúfenos (es decir, una sensación de campaneo o de zumbido en los oídos), le costaba entender los que los demás decían cuando hablaban si varias personas hablando a la vez.

A los 42 años ya había que hablarle a un volumen muy alto, llegó un momento en el que usaba trompetillas para amplificar los sonidos, pero llegó un momento en el que Beethoven empezó a comunicarse mediante escritos.

A partir de 1825, a los 55 años, no hay ninguna evidencia que indique que Beethoven podía entender una conversación hablada así que los científicos asumen que la sordera por aquel entonces era total.

Sordo, Beethoven empezó a componer por dentro, en su cabeza, escribiendo en papel e imaginando los sonidos. Los músicos dicen que tocar las piezas de su último periodo es como escalar el Everest en comparación con las de primer periodo que eran algo así como subir una colina.

La libertad formal que se tomó Beethoven en su última etapa hace a su música más bella de lo de por sí es.

(Radio 5)

The Best Phone Apps to Measure Noise Levels

Tuesday, August 16th 2011

Every day, we encounter a variety of sounds that hum, buzz, and ring and at safe noise levels. However, individuals of all ages sometimes risk exposure to harmful noises that damage the sensitive structure of the inner ear and cause permanent or temporary Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL).

Inside the ear, small hair cells transmit electrical signals to the brain.

These hair cells are often harmed or completely destroyed by extremely loud noises at home, in the workplace, and as we go about living our lives.

Common activities like attending rock concerts, working with shop tools, and operating lawn mowing equipment, as well as one-time occurrences like explosions, can destroy these delicate hair cells, resulting in hearing loss and even annoying tinnitus, or ringing in the ears.

Luckily, with modern technology comes help in measuring the decibel level of sounds around us. We found some great smart phone apps that raise a red flag when users enter situations that reach noise levels that may contribute to hearing problems. The mobile nature of the smart phone makes it easy to take control of your health and hearing wherever you are, and avoid activities and locations that may be detrimental to healthy ears. Read on to learn more about our favorite iPhone and Android apps for measuring noise levels.

dB volume meter
dB Volume Meter

This application, created for iPhone, offers a way to measure audio volume in the environment around you. Created by Darren Gates, dB Volume Meter shows the approximate decibel level, or Sound Pressure Level (SPL), wherever you and your smart phone are located. Although quite accurate, the application is mainly a tool for detecting noise levels in casual settings such as at airports or loud music venues. Those operating heavy machinery, explosive devices, or exposing themselves to known decibel levels over 90 dB should rely on a professional SPL meter. The application provides useful examples of noises that may be over the dangerous 90 dB level, such as gun blasts at close range and jet take-offs. dB Volume Meter must be calibrated to work optimally and requires an external microphone, which is built in to the iPhone 4. This iPhone app can be downloaded at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/db-volume-meter/id353432115?mt=8.

TooLoud app


Also developed as an iPhone app, TooLoud? is a sound level meter tool that shows you the noise levels in your environment and warns you if you should be wearing earplugs. It’s often easy to take loud noises for granted as part of the necessity of living or working in certain conditions. TooLoud? provides decibel levels in a simple numerical display and allows you to specify filters and offset values for normal background noise. The offset value can be adjusted positively or negatively, to correspond to features in different microphones or other iOS devices. The Pro version is just $0.99 and removes the advertisements. TooLoud? is quite popular, receiving a 4 of 5 user rating on iTunes mobile app store, and can be downloaded here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tooloud/id393039065?mt=8.

deciBel app


This sound level meter application for the Android market is a simple tool that uses the smart phone’s microphone to measure Sound Pressure Level (SPL). deciBel displays the current, minimum, and maximum values of sounds around you, in decibels, and then turns this information into user-friendly sound level charts and graphs. The free application, developed by Peter Tschudin, offers help with calibrating the program as well as foreign translation. Explore this Android app and download it here: https://market.android.com/details?id=bz.bsb.decibel&feature=search_result.

Think you may have been exposed to too much noise and are experiencing hearing loss? Visit http://www.healthyhearing.com/hearing-aids to find a local hearing center where you can have your hearing tested.

Measuring noise levels isn't the only service available for your mobile phone. Check out "The Best Apps for Captioning," "The Best Phone Apps to Check Your Hearing" and "The Best Apps for Learning Sign Language" to find more.

Fuente: Healhyhearing

Deafness Research UK invites you to take part in the JLA Tinnitus Survey SETTING THE PRIORITIES FOR TINNITUS RESEARCH

Despite ongoing research activity in the UK and other countries, there are still so many questions about tinnitus assessment, diagnosis and treatment that remain unanswered. These unanswered questions will form the basis of future research and so it is important that we understand which of those questions to prioritise.

This survey is about identifying those priorities for future tinnitus research.

The project is being overseen by the James Lind Alliance and led by the British Tinnitus Association and the National Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing (NBRUH).

For more information please visit their website: http://www.tinnitus.org.uk/JLA or contact the BTA (details at the end of this message)

You can enter the survey online via Tinnitus Survey
OR you can download the survey at Survey Document

We are inviting you to take part in the survey by contributing what you think are the unanswered questions about tinnitus assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

You should:

Read the background information in Section 1 before completing the survey
In Section 2, please write down what you think are unanswered question(s) on tinnitus.
In Section 3, please provide us with a little background information about yourself.
In Section 4, indicate if you would like to be kept informed on the project.

Please return your completed survey (Sections 2, 3 and 4) by 28th February 2012 either by post or by email to NAJIBAH MOHAMAD at:


National Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing
Ropewalk House
113 The Ropewalk

JLA tinnitus survey
British Tinnitus Association
S8 0WF
Email:Nottingham AC UK

If you have any questions about the project please contact The British Tinnitus Association: info@tinnitus.org.uk, Telephone: 0114 250 9933
Deafness Research UK

Una mujer que padece Síndrome de Ménière pide acceder al FAS para mejorar su calidad de vida

28.12- Cristina Arrizabalaga sufre vértigo, mareos y pérdida del equilibrio, lo que le impide realizar sus actividades cotidianas.

Hace un mes envió cartas al Hospital, al Intendente y a la Secretaría de Salud para que la ayuden, pero no tuvo respuestas. “Es muy difícil vivir así, quiero que entiendan que tengo 37 años; si tuviera 80, me quedo en la cama esperando, pero quiero vivir”, expresó.

Cristina Mariel Arrizabalaga, de 37 años, padece Síndrome de Ménière, patología que afecta al oído interno y le produce vértigo, zumbidos y pérdida del equilibrio, obligándola a pasar el día sentada en alguna silla o acostada.
Como no cuenta con obra social, se atiende en el Hospital, donde no encontró demasiadas respuestas para su cuadro por falta de especialistas y aparatología. En una extensa peregrinación por distintos consultorios, le recomendaron someterse a un estudio de alta complejidad en Buenos Aires, pero no cuenta con recursos y le pide al Intendente asistencia a través del Fondo de Ayuda Solidaria (FAS).

“Empecé con vértigos y mareos en 2004, por dos o tres meses, pero no me diagnosticaron y me quedó un zumbido en el oído, por el cual todos los años fui recurriendo al Hospital y les fui diciendo que se iba agravando”, relató la mujer.
En enero de este año, comenzó a sufrir vértigos recurrentes y fue internada en el Santamarina para profundizar los estudios. “Me diagnosticaron Síndrome de Ménière, pero ahí queda todo en el Hospital”, contó.

Sin saber qué hacer, siguió consultando a otros médicos en forma particular y dos meses después, perdió la audición y empezó a sentir otros trastornos al realizar movimientos con el brazo.

Un ateneo para
hallar una solución

“Mi enfermedad cada vez empeora más”, dijo abatida e indicó que si bien toma la medicación correspondiente, “necesito hacer rehabilitación y un montón de cosas que se le plantearon al Hospital, pero no cuenta con esa aparatología.

Por ejemplo, yo tengo hernias cervicales y el Hospital no cuenta con traumatólogo especialista el cervical“.
Además, precisó que “me tengo que hacer un doppler de troncos supraórticos y trascraneal en reposo y luego en actividad con los miembros superiores elevados o isquemia, que se hace en dos o tres lugares de Buenos Aires, uno es el Hospital Italiano, y esto lo tengo indicado desde el 12 de octubre”.

Silvina Arrizabalaga dijo que este complejo estudio no se realiza en centros estatales, por lo que en el Santamarina le ofrecieron una derivación para el 23 de enero próximo con neurólogos del Hospital de Clínicas.

“Lo que pasa es que es como ir retrocediendo, porque yo ya tengo un diagnóstico y es que podría ser una fuga en una arteria subclavia y la posibilidad de que las arterias vertebrales con escaso flujo, contando además con que parte de mi familia paterna padecemos Síndrome de Ménière, una enfermedad congénita que necesita un seguimiento”, informó.

Sugirió que “necesito un ateneo, para que me aborden distintos especialistas que lleguen a una conclusión de la enfermedad para que yo pueda tener una mejor calidad de vida.
No sé si está la solución mágica, pero sí sé que hay tratamientos en Buenos Aires, en hospitales de alta complejidad hay maquinaria, y eso es lo que necesito”.

“Quiero vivir”

Hace un mes, Silvina Arrizabalaga presentó cartas ante el Hospital, la Secretaría de Salud del Municipio y al Intendente, contando su caso y solicitando ayuda. Al no haber logrado respuestas, expresó que “este pedido se lo estoy haciendo directamente al señor Intendente porque sé que hay un fondo para casos especiales, entonces le pido que por favor tome cartas en el asunto, que revea el caso, porque necesito ser abordada por especialistas y maquinaria competente que acá en Tandil no hay”.

Confirmó que aún no recurrió al Concejo Deliberante para ver si la puede orientar con los trámites del Fondo de Ayudad Solidaria (FAS), recursos afectados que surgen a partir de un porcentaje en el pago de la factura de energía eléctrica que emite la Usina.
Antes de enfermar, Silvina “trabajaba y tenía una vida totalmente normal. A partir de enero, mi vida ha cambiado totalmente y cada día estoy más imposibilitada, tengo menos equilibrio, siento más mareos”.

A todo esto, se le sumó un embarazo no embrionario y tuvo que someterse a dos legrados. “La medicación y los días de internación no ayudan a mi problema de base y a mi enfermedad en absoluto”, lamentó.

Si bien agradeció todas las atenciones del Hospital, expresó que hay cosas “que escapan” por la aparatología que demanda el caso.

Por otra parte, afirmó que “subsistir es bastante difícil porque las consultas particulares son costosas.

Mi esposo está sin trabajo, alquilamos y algo de medicación sí se retira del Hospital, pero siempre va surgiendo algo que tenés que comprar. Tengo estudios trabados que me puedo hacer en Tandil, pero como ya no tengo fondos tampoco los puedo hacer”.

Para cerrar, confió que “es muy difícil vivir así, quiero que entiendan que tengo 37 años; si tuviera 80, me quedo en la cama esperando, pero quiero vivir. Sé que hay expectativas buenas, que la ciencia avanza con rapidez y sé que abordándome especialistas en lo mío, me pueden llegar a mejorar mi estado de salud”. *

Fuente: Diario El Eco de Tandil, Argentina

Un gran día. deseos de un paciente de acufenos


Sí, amigos, hoy puede ser un gran día.
Ese gran día marcado por los números, en el que todos ejercemos de cabalistas iniciados. ¡El tres! ¡El siete! ¡El cuatro!.. ¡Gran matinal de la radio! Ah, me gustaría que esta dulce cantinela de los niños de San Ildefonso me acompañara todos los días de mi vida, y no esta maldición de acúfenos que se me ha declarado.

¡Guarismos, pedreas, supersticiones, reintegros...! ¿Ha caído ya el Gordo? ¡El nueve! ¡El dos! Esas manos inocentes repartiendo la suerte como sólo Dios sabe hacerlo entre los banderilleros.

Me gustaría asaltar el Palacio de Congresos para llevarme las cinco bolas del Gordo, cobrármelo en efectivo y repartir el dinero entre los desharrapados, como un Robin Hood que actuara en los templos de la suerte.

Congregados en torno a mí como palomas, los niños me besarían las manos. ¡Alegría, alegría! dicen aplicándose en la frente el cava derramado.

Alegría de granujas huérfanos, ladronzuelos dickensianos repartiéndose el botín desvalijado del bombo.

Abonados a la cifra alta del paro. Voy a comprarme ahora mismo zapatones de payaso, a repartir el parné y la alegría por los hospitales, que mi vida sin sentido sirva al fin para algo.

Eso es: voy a llevar la caridad al extremo.

Sin proponérmelo del todo, sólo de imaginarlo, ya he iniciado un camino de santidad: ministro de los nuevos pobres.

¡El seis! ¡El ocho! ¡Trescientos millooones deee peeeseeetas! (Calla, que yo aún lo canto a la antigua: una licencia poética).

fuente: Diario Vasco, España.

Poema sobre acufenos

Tinnitus y Vida.

Estás en la trastienda de mi mente
Hurgando recónditos lugares cerrados a cal y canto.
Camino baldío.

Estás en la trastienda de mi mente
Esperando,voceando y gritando

A ratos te tornas callado; pareces ausente
no del todo.

Sigues, en la trastienda de mi mente.
Si te insto a marcharte,
te quedas.
Y me miras, te paseas,
me marchitas los sueños.

Vacias la trastienda
de amasijos de corales
si es que había.
Y subes,
por mi alma;

Escalas, anidas.
Y te metes. Te instalas en mí.
Vives para siempre
en la trastienda de mi mente.
Has hecho allí tu casa.

Fuente: http://epifaniaenlaluna.wordpress.com/2011/12/18/tinnitus/
by guiomar52 in Poesias Guiomar52

¿Qué es Tinnitus?
Es un poema de mi primera época. Un poema de reflejo. Un canto a la enfermedad. Al ruido de mi mente. Ruido físico continuo por mi lesión auditiva y por la Otoesclerosis.
¿Es el motor de una lavadora’ ¿ Es la centrifugadora de mi cerebro? No. Es Tinnitus, algo que rompe los tejados de la mente. Lesiones cerebrales físicas.

Acufenos en Twitter

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Fiestas de Fin de Año Por la pirotecnia, los bebés pueden sufrir zumbidos y pérdida en la audición

Los especialistas recomiendan que se les coloque protección. También pueden padecer trastornos en el sueño. Cómo cuidar a los más chiquitos del hogar.
Por: Priscila Mateos

La cada vez más ruidosa pirotecnia deja huellas en los más chiquitos. La exposición de bebés a este tipo de sonido puede generarles trastornos, tales como: pérdida en la capacidad auditiva, zumbidos y alteraciones para conciliar el sueño.

Si durante los festejos, un bebé es expuesto al ruido intenso de la pirotecnia "puede llegar a sufir una lesión importante en el oído", explicó María Julia Medel, otorrinolaringóloga infantil. El daño puede tener origen en la vibración intensa.

"Si el bebé siente un zumbido, que dura varios días, los papás deben consultar a un especialista", indicó Medel. Según la profesional, lo mismo ocurre si el pequeño "presenta una pérdida de la audición que se prolonga en el tiempo".

Aunque este tipo de estímulo sonoro intenso puede afectar a cualquier persona, "puede dañar especialmente a los menores de un año", destacó Luis Agüero, médico pediatra del hospital Fleming.

Los trastornos auditivos pueden generarse por la exposición a un sonido de gran intensidad, como los petardos, pero también por daño acumulativo del oído.

Por esto, los padres deben estar muy atentos y "evitar ponerlos cerca de los sitios desde los cuales se arrojan los fuegos de artificio", señaló Agüero. Mantener una distancia del lugar donde se lanzan los petardos es fundamental.

Para que la prevención sea efectiva, hay que anticiparse al momento de la exposición. "Los padres pueden colocarle a los bebés alguna binchita o hacer pequeños taponcitos de algodón", detalló Medel.

Si el lugar lo permite hay que llevar e los pequeños a un ambiente cerrado que sirva de protección y los aisle de la exposición.

Fuente: Diario El Sol On Line, Mendoza, Argentina

sábado, 17 de marzo de 2012

Tinnitus and depression: Aberrant functional connectivity of cortico-basal ganglia circuits in major depression


There is considerable evidence of functional abnormalities of the cortico-basal ganglia circuitry in affective disorders.

However, it has been unknown whether this represented primary pathology within these circuits or altered activation as a result of aberrant input from other brain regions.

The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that cortico-basal ganglia circuit dysfunction represents primary pathology in unipolar depression.

Eighteen male subjects with recurrent unipolar depression and eighteen controls without psychiatric illness were studied using functional MRI and functional connectivity analyses.

All unipolar subjects were unmedicated and without current psychiatric comorbidity.

Compared to controls, unipolar subjects exhibited altered connectivity between bilateral subcortical components of the circuitry (putamen–thalamus) and left hemisphere input and output components.

Results provided evidence that functional abnormalities of these circuits represent primary pathology.

Further, we found that age of onset but not duration of illness impacts circuit function.

These findings suggest that the cortico-basal ganglia circuitry is likely one of several loci of primary pathology in major depression.

Additionally, early age of onset is associated with greater circuit abnormality and as such may impact clinical characteristics and/or treatment response through a mechanism of decreasing functional connectivity of some circuit segments.

Finally, altered cortico-basal ganglia circuit connectivity with cortical regions (anterior cingulate, inferior frontal gyrus and sensorimotor) may contribute to the emotional dysregulation, impaired emotional recognition and psychomotor symptoms associated with unipolar illness.
Fuente: Neuroscience Letters
autores: William R. Marchanda, b, Corresponding author contact information, E-mail the corresponding author,
James N. Leea, b,
Yana Suchyb,
Susanna Johnsona,
John Thatchera, b,
Phillip Galea, b

a George E. Wahlen Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 500 Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84148, USA
b University of Utah, 201 Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA

Received 23 January 2012. Revised 8 February 2012. Accepted 20 February 2012. Available online 28 February 2012.

Tinnitus and Hypothyroidism, question and answer.

I have recently experienced three months of tinnitus.
After seeing my regular doctor and then an ENT, I was told that there was no cure for it.

Because of its rapid onset, I thought it was either because of a digital meter (Smart) that was placed on my home or because of a change in the outside environment.

But after ruling those out with help from my friends who heard nothing either in or outside of my house, I did some online research and found out that there IS a link between hypothyroidism and tinnitus AND the kind of medication used.

I have been on Levothyroxin (levothyroxine) for 5 years and have never had a problem with it.

So I cold-turkeyed and the ringing continued.

Yesterday I started on Armour and the ringing dropped by about half in the first 24 hours.

I am hoping that I can get it to disappear completely in the next few days. I have no idea why one med stopped working one day out of the blue.

It seems so arbitrary to me.

But perhaps there is a medical explanation.


Going to our conversation about your issue with tinnitus.

We certainly didn't have alot of time to discuss much on everything like injuries or surgeries per say, however this issue is commonly linked to little things - endo related - if found "correctly" - quite genetic really - and in alot of cases, fixed or decreased to extremely easier tolerable levels.

Another important thing I do need to know to guide some things, is the age around you were when this really started to come to full focus?

I don't want to bombard you with too many links if they don't apply and your age it started, medical issues, surgeries, any medications you take would be an added plus - to pinpoint where things are going wrong.

I also have/ had the issue, so a big part of my research with the endocrine system has alot of connections.

As promised to start off, here are general links, to make you familiar with a few "conditions" that bring this on.

Knowing briefly your mothers condition with thyroid - I want you to pay attention at the information here also.


Here is a check sheet of thyroid/adrenal distress I want you to look to see if you fit any profile/symptoms:

Hyperthyroidism - http://thyroid.about.com/cs/basics_starthere/a/hyperchecklist.htm

Hypothyroidism - http://www.thyroid-guide.org/hypothyroidism/hypothyroidism-symptoms-checklist.html

Italic is me adding in for you.

The thyroid gland is one of the largest endocrine glands in the body.
It is found in the neck below the mouth.
The thyroid controls how quickly the body burns energy, makes proteins and how sensitive the body is to other hormones.

Dysfunction of the thyroid leads to numerous problems including lowered energy levels, increased sensitivity to pain, weight gain, depression and tinnitus.

Tinnitus is a very common effect of thyroid dysfunction.

We hear from many of the people with tinnitus who suffer from a thyroid dysfunction.
Tinnitus will usually reduce or resolve once the underlying problem is addressed.

The thyroid gland controls metabolism by producing thyroid hormones, principally thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3).

These hormones regulate the rate of metabolism and affect the growth and function rate of many other systems in the body.

The thyroid also produces the hormone calcitonin, which plays a role in calcium absorption. - Calcium is involved in tinnitus - linked on the Vit D3 panel.

The production of T3 and T4 is regulated by thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) produced in the pituitary.

The most common method today of determining thyroid dysfunction is the measurement of TSH.

Iodine - Iodine loading test and possible supplementation to balance the levels - is an essential component of both T3 and T4. - measured as blood lab ONLY based off the Free T3 and Free T4 labs and not TOTAL generalized medical tests.

T3 contains three iodine molecules while T4 contains four molecules.

The vast majority of thyroid hormone produced in the thyroid gland is thyroxine (T4) which is the least active of the two.

Up to 80% of T4 is converted in the liver to produce T3, which is ten times more active.

T3 direct hormone instability causing the tinnitus.

In thyroid disease + tinnitus = would link your Adrenal glands! -

Where the strong connection lies here is your work load, Paul.
In your cortisol levels involving the stress on the ( adrenal glands) - adding in possible thyroid function is an issue that would certainly bring on something as undiagnosed commonly with adrenal fatigue and most critical Addisions or Cushings with the tinnitus involved as a "issue" or commonly symptom related to the underlying conditions above.

That's why I immediately suggested last night, a thorough look at certain things on a saliva panel ( test ) to pinpoint dysfunction better than blood spots or labs.

Lastly, Due to your gender and the conditions above, aging, and your work load - your testosterone - plus the above - would get thrown off.

The evidence of this twined is factual and I spent my last 8 years looking at the research.

This article below is general but can give you direction on how everything is inter-twined.

Don't overload your brain on everything.

In the end of this email I am going to suggest a doctor that can probably put you back on the right track within 4 to 6 weeks - after certain tests are done.
DHEA + testosterone.


Let me give you a Leman term on this whole pile of hormonal stuff, like in a mathematical problem so you get it simplified.

Starts here...

Immune system breakdown = liver slow-down.

Liver = less production of T3/T4 thyroid atoms.
Thyroid = abnormal cortisol + DHEA/testosterone = Immune system shut down more.... and the cycle continues making "symptoms" ( tinnitus and others) more visible. Prominent, Until the shut down happens.
Get it?
So simple self fixes (maybe) would be this.

Immune system rebuilding - concentrating on the high values of Vit D3 - Vit C - DHEA - possible Iodine, zinc and copper and magnesium to supplement to support the system to re balance. Impressing the GI track to stimulate going gluten free, and adding acidophillus to purify again.

Thyroid = =Iodine. - Need loading test to determine dosage and saliva labs to monitor w/ adrenal cortex/DHEA/thyroid/testosterone measured.

You can either get a saliva panel on your own at canaryclub.com or have this doctor run it.

You will have to pay for the visit with her and most likely the saliva lab test kit too - most insurances do not cover the cost of these and ( doctor) has moved her practice to "Integrative" - so the insurance hoop-lah on keeping patients sick - non-diagnosed, is not in her regular realm of services.

Fuente: http://www.medhelp.org/personal_pages/my_home

Insólita disputa judicial por la sirena de los Bomberos en Moldes

Una mujer que sufre hiperacusia dolorosa presentó un amparo para que no suene todos los días. Un juez concedió la medida cautelar.

Coronel Moldes. Una insólita situación, aunque de ribetes dramáticos, se vive en Coronel Moldes, a 70 kilómetros de Río Cuarto. Una mujer que sufre hiperacusia dolorosa (enfermedad que le magnifica los sonidos) presentó un recurso de amparo para que los Bomberos de esa localidad dejen de hacer sonar la sirena todos los días. Hasta tanto se resuelva si existe contaminación acústica, la Justicia concedió una medida cautelar y ordenó que sólo sea utilizada en caso de emergencia y para ajuste, con aviso previo, como máximo una vez por semana.

Pero según el abogado de la afectada, Enrique Zabala, el cuartel continúa haciendo sonar la sirena todos los días, por lo que el viernes presentó un nuevo planteo en los Tribunales de Río Cuarto.

“María Ofelia Atala tiene 50 años y padece una hiperacusia dolorosa con desgaste de mandíbulas. Cualquier sonido fuerte, agudo y sostenido, aunque use tapones de silicona u otros elementos, la van degradando y llega a sufrir vértigo y pérdida de conciencia”, contó Zabala. Indicó que la mujer tiene una habitación con paneles aislantes y cada vez que suena la sirena tiene que correr a ese refugio, porque de inmediato pierde la conciencia. Refirió que días atrás, su situación se agravó, lo que determinó la medida cautelar.

“Supuestamente para probar que no contaminaba y controlar los decibeles, un día la hicieron sonar como seis veces. La mujer perdió la conciencia, tuvo que llamar a la ambulancia”, dijo Zabala.

El abogado del cuartel, Ariel Vicario, argumentó que el toque de prueba de la sirena debe hacerse por normativa de Bomberos y que según los expertos el volumen está dentro de los parámetros normales.

“Cuando hay accidente tocan dos veces, cuando es incendio, tres. Hasta iban a juntar firmas por Facebook para que no deje de sonar”, confió una comerciante de la zona.
Fuente: http://www.lavoz.com.ar/coronel-moldes/insolita-disputa-judicial-sirena-bomberos-moldes
fecha 03/01/2012

sábado, 3 de marzo de 2012

ITunes Tinnitus Applications.

ITunes Tinnitus Applications There are many Tinnitus Applications available on ITunes, many are free. If you have tried and found that Sound Therapy, and Masking work for you then here is an easy way to download applications for your iPhone, and iPad to use on the go.

1. SleepStream 2: Tinnitus relief, Noise masking, Sleep induction, Relaxation, Power naps, Meditation, Concentration, Enjoyment. This Application costs 0.99 -$2.99 to download. There are extra features you can choose to add starting at 0.99 (My Favorite)!!

2. SimplyNoise: is a sound machine app. Featuring the highest fidelity white, pink, and brown noise samples that have helped thousands of people from all age groups and professions block distractions, enhance privacy, aid sleep, soothe Tinnitus, and melt away stress. The benefits of color noise have been utilized in clinics, schools, households, and offices around the world. Enjoy the benefits and features of SimplyNoise many expensive sound machines can't match, at a fraction of the price. (AnotherFavorite) $0.99

3. White Noise: White Noise provides ambient sounds of the environment to help you relax or sleep. Studies have shown White Noise can be used as Masking Therapy for Tinnitus sufferers. This Application Costs $1.99

4. Tinnitus: This App replaces the unsightly earpiece that is the standard treatment for tinnitus. Others might think you are listening to music but really you are applying the treatment prescribed by your audiologist. A chart will summarize, in hours, your use over time. This is a FREE Application

5. Tinnitus Relief - Audible Treatment: Sound Therapy, with Stress Relief and Meditation. FEATURES: - 3 high quality audio tracks- Easy controls and navigation- Seamless looping so you can listen for as long as you feel necessary- Adjustable volume- Easy to use interface- Simple instructions- Free updates.

6. Tinnitus Masker: Tinnitus masker is designed to 'drown out' the unpleasant ringing sounds associated with tinnitus. Tinnitus typically produces a high frequency 'sharp' tone. The sounds used by Tinnitus Masker are typically soothing, but still rich in high frequency energy - focusing in on the same frequency areas associated with tinnitus. Similar solutions may cost up to 10 times more. The brain has a tendency to ignore frequency rich, monotonous sounds when played over a certain period, thereby masking the annoying tinnitus sounds as well. Tinnitus masker offers a large selection of sounds. We advise trying them all, and find the one that works best for you. This Application Costs $5.99

Fuente: Living with Hearing Loss & Tinnitus ©