First Anniversary News (Oct 2008) PDF Print

As I write this, it is one year on from day that my scenar finally brought me the joy of substantial tinnitus relief and compelled me to take this rollercoaster ride and bring a similar experience to others. It has been one hell of a challenge but most problems are now resolved, and it is now basically a case of getting on with the job. Thank you for your support.

Dr Sedley is a doctor in the Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust, who also works as a neuroscience researcher at Newcastle University within the Auditory Group. I met him for a couple of hours on the 30th Sept to demonstrate the scenar and the technique I have developed for treating tinnitus. To begin with, we attempted to measure the electrical signals from the device using the equipment in the lab, which was linked to computer software. After holding the scenar to a SynAmps system, we saw the computer displaying the waveforms on the screen, although some further investigation of the nature of the waveform would yield more precise data. Dr Sedley was very interested in my idea that the scenar could stimulate and help hair cells in the cochlea function more normally, and having a degree of tinnitus himself he was interested in trying the technique out. With him being young and otherwise healthy and being keen to demonstrate its power, I thought it acceptable to go straight for the second stage of the treatment using the new (banana plug) Z2 probe, as outlined in ZAST. He inserted it into his ear canal and after using the scenar for only a few minutes he reported hearing acoustic emissions (the significant phenomena that when experienced in great numbers, seem to contribute to a gradual reduction in tinnitus). I use the term zeffles to refer to both the acoustic and sensorial variety, both of which are experienced during a course of treatment. It was only one treatment and as expected he did not experience any reduction in his tinnitus, but Dr Sedley is keen to use the device more to see if it can help in this way. I shall be lending him a device to do exactly this. We also talked about ways in which trials could be arranged, and although he said it might be difficult as he wasn't senior enough, he might be able to put me in contact with those who have more power. It was generally a very positive meeting, the outcomes of his future personal experience with the device maybe very helpful in the future of this technique's credibility in a medical sense.