Enlightenment (Oct 2007 - Feb 2008) PDF Print E-mail

The impact of giving a proper treatment in position 4, was so sudden that it led me to think that this few minutes was all that was necessary, now it appears that it is probably a slow cumulative thing. I spent the next month or so engaged in furious battle on the internet trying to explain what I had done, and what scenar thing was. I didn’t really know the answer, but I had to defend this to the end, because I knew that it was real, and the noises were so much quieter. I continued to treat myself and improve things. At this point I had the frequency on between 60 and 90Hz, I didn’t pay that much attention to it.

This “discovery” of mine had such an impact on me that it almost immediately made me want to learn to become a practitioner. I thought that I had really found my true vocation. Then I remembered my Dad again saying “it will be alright son”, as he lay dying. Now I was able to reflect with optimism that was so lacking only 3 months before. It will be alright!

I expressed my joy at the outcomes of the treatment to the local retired GP scenar practitioner, she was delighted, and she told her Dr. Frost in Cheltenham, who had trained her. Dr. Frost was one of the first to introduce this technology to the UK, she is now involved with the US company NRG, who created the InterX, this a new device, and due to some argument or other has distanced itself from Scenar, although it is the same thing really. She arranged with me to travel down and see her.

I had to replicate my results in others. A local man came and he put the probe in his ear for four minutes and went away again. He reported no improvement. Hmm. Another man came from Essex for the weekend. I thought this must work, we have longer time. We discussed things for along time, and he was treated substantially with the device, he did remark on the experience of a quick crackling noise at one point, I shall enlighten you later, but he got no results worth noting. This was very frustrating; I desperately wanted to reproduce this, at least to get people to believe that I wasn’t making it up. However, he remained optimistic with the technology, and had done extensive research into alternative treatments for tinnitus

I went to Cheltenham for the day in the middle of November 2007 to see Dr. Frost. The InterX 5000 has the same circuitry and functions as the RITM 97.4 (my device), but the device is more physically appealing and the attachments are more advanced. The InterX 5002 is the same, but an automatic device which has a more user friendly LCD and requires less training. The emphasis in NRG is now on the InterX 5002. I enjoyed visiting Dr. Frost, she allowed me to observe 4 patient treatments. The problem was that I wanted to learn how to use my Scenar and not the InterX 5002, I provisionally agreed doing a course with her in Jan, but I would need to buy/rent an InterX. To do the course I could see why, but it seemed ludicrous to me, when it was the same thing.

Dr. Frost was pleased with my “discovery”, although she did seem concerned that my device was not regulated. It was a while after this that I understood what she meant. She also said that the shape of the probe was wrong, and that it should mimic a smaller version of the pad, one electrode in the middle and another surround it. I had only about 15 minutes at the end of the day to talk about this with her, so it was all rather rushed.

Believing that it was possibly the shape of the probe that had not given any help to my previous two clients, and not provided my 100% cure, I attempted to make a probe that was suitable in line of what Dr. Frost had said. It was quiet difficult, but using a soldering iron, wires, tape, etc. I managed. I wasn’t very impressed with the results as the signal seemed to miss the cochlea entirely. I went back to the old probe, unconvinced by Dr. Frost’s point.

I was starting to get annoyed; I couldn’t make any further improvements to my remaining tinnitus. Over Christmas, I wacked up the energy to well over 50, this is lot of power; I thought this must do it. No, it made no difference. I must have been doing something wrong.

Sick of the dangling wires I risked soldering a 3.5mm jack socket to the inside of the SCENAR to make it look slightly more professional, although now a little battered, I had top make a new hole in the plastic casing using a soldering iron. It looked a bit rubbish but it worked, it was good that there were no permanently attached wires.

Over the weeks since October 13th I had made minor improvements, and I had noticed a very specific phenomenon associated with this treatment. When improvements were made to the tinnitus it was always accompanied by a “crackling” sound. To the casual observer this does not sound like a good thing. But it is, whenever I experienced the crackling the tinnitus improved. Sometimes they were little “ticks” like on a clock, other times they were like fire crackers, not loud but being so close to the brain they didn’t need to be, to be audible. These louder ones were often accompanied by a sharp quick sting, or an “electric splash” as I termed it. It was this phenomenon that led me to realise what was actually going on. I have no proof of course, but everything I felt and heard led me to think of these as the tiny hairs inside the cochlea, being stimulated. When there was one “crackle” there was often many which followed. The extent of this phenomenon was not observed until I made the second significant find.

Fed up with turning up the power to no avail, sometime around the new year, I decided to look elsewhere. It was staring me in the face, but as it was something I had never looked at, I had ignored it. I change the frequency, I turned up to 250Hz. Almost instantly I felt the reassuring crackles, and loads of them. It was obvious, I felt so stupid to have ignored it, but frequency seems very important.

Then I turned my attention to another thing, i had found it very difficult to locate where exactly the upper part of the probe was making contact with the upper part of the ear canal entrance. Also, I wanted to make the experience a little more comfortable, so I split the signal into two probes, using the end bit of two 3.5mm jacks, instead of the whole of one. I put both probes in my ear, it was slightly more awkward but more comfortable and i quickly found the same spots to treat to produce the same effect. Dr. Frost's said that the shape of my probe was wrong, it wasn't. I realised that I had used the device in a very different way to its normal use, I wasn't treating one side of the ear canal, but making a circuit around it and consequently through the cochlea. It worked the same way with the single probe except I had completed the circuit using both the positive and negative bits of the jack, instead of the two positive ends, as in the crude diagrams below, (I've just shown the important parts).

Over the new year I contacted ISTA and decided to get training from them, as their course started a couple of weeks later I had to moved quickly on this so I did. I didn't want to let Dr. Frost down, but unfortunately I couldn't afford an InterX, and I simply wanted to use my SCENAR using the standard training methods.

I spent a very interesting week in London. The issue about my unregulated device was also resolved. I had bought mine from my Russian friend who had got his from Russia, which is not in the EU, so the device has no CE mark, on the back, all European devices have one of these marks to indicate that they have passed the required tests. I was told that the only difference was this, it had simply not been made in Holland, like all of the European ones. Although I know that it is fine, I need to get this issue resolved quickly, and get it CE marked if possible, or get another one.

In early January I was also embarrassed to discover that what I had thought was the probe socket on the SCENAR was actually a factory testing socket, and what I had previously thought was a mains socket was actually the probe socket and after purchasing the necessary jack from "Maplins" electronic store, it worked fine and I reassembled the SCENAR normally, although in a somewhat violated state. I put as much time as I could into reaching the complete cure. I found thousands of “crackles”, over the frequency range 40-351Hz. I found the sensation below 40Hz to fairly unpleasant, so I left that alone. Each time, the treatment brought about an improvement of some sort. I noticed too that the higher the frequency of the tinnitus the higher the frequency on the device needed to treat it. On several occasions I sat for an hour with this thing sticking in my ear, my arm numb and aching but I persevered. I wasn’t doing it for fun, it was quite boring really. I sat in silence in a silent room listening for crackles, of which I experienced many, whilst staring at the wall. A hair may have to crackle more than once over a number of treatments, some stubborn ones may have needed extra stimulation. I also noticed that after a treatment the skin area in contact with the probe became sticky, this is quite normal in SCENAR treatments, and in long sessions the outer ear became really quite numb. It was a labourious and tedious process, but worth it. This process should in no way take this long next time, I had made the mistakes, because I had pioneered it.

I was 99% cured. This does bring into question however my earlier claim to have been 90% cured. I think now that it was quite far from 90%. In my defence, this is so difficult to put into numbers. When you have forgotten what silence is, I am sure that you can appreciate this, then how can you judge how close you are to it. See it as a measure of my joy at the improvement I believe I had made on 13th October. In addition to the tinnitus, the hyperacusis had also receded considerably. I was pretty close, but I thought 100% might be out of the reach of this particular device as it goes only to 351Hz, and I thought that this might not have been enough.

In February, after repeated attempts to clear the remnants of the tinnitus I was about to give up (at least until I could get my hands on a Acuscen Pro, which goes to 383Hz). It was getting annoying and frustrating, and also going through the frequency range searching (for what seemed like forever) for the seemingly elusive frequency that responded to the hundred or so damaged hairs that were just slightly irritating, it was like look for a needle in a haystack.

However I had started to notice how, (whilst using the single probe technique) moving the positive end slightly from being "in front" to "on top" and then to "behind" a small ridge at the entrance to my ear canal, it did seems to stimulate different hairs. I hadn't focused on the "behind" ridge position, and that was the crucial element. I noticed how after holding it here for a while the sensation was really quite different, it seemed again that it was stimulating the cochlea in a different was. I knew the tinnitus remnants were in the higher range, so I focused on it from the top frequency, this paid off. Two settings down from the top, at 334Hz I felt and heard the gentle "crackling" of around 150 hairs. I found a few more elsewhere but that was the main bit. After the electrical effects had worn off the tinnitus and hyperacusis had completely gone, thus marking the end of my tinnitus and (I hope) the beginning of success for others.