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NIH Public Bulletin – April 2011

Read About the First Implant Attempts to Treat the Vertigo of Ménière’s Disease

Format: Newsletter
Institute: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

The most recent issue of Inside, the NIDCD newsletter for health professionals and the public, is now available online. In this issue, you can read about:

  • "Stop the World From Spinning!": Researchers still aren't entirely sure what causes the tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and vertigo of Ménière's disease, a balance disorder that affects approximately 600,000 people a year in the United States. Recently, a Ménière's patient became the first recipient of an experimental implant device designed to stop the severe vertigo associated with the disease.
  • "Rebooting the Brain Helps Stop the Ring of Tinnitus in Rats": NIH-funded researchers were able to eliminate tinnitus in a group of rats by stimulating a nerve in the neck while playing a variety of sound tones over an extended period of time. The research was funded in large part by the NIDCD.
  • "Results of Brain Imaging May Help Explain Why More Men than Women Stutter": Adult men are five times more likely than adult women to stutter. To find out why, intramural researchers at the NIDCD and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke recently used two brain imaging tools to explore sex-specific differences in brain connections.

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This page last reviewed on September 6, 2012

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