Long-term evaluation of a new hearing aid supported tinnitus treatment

The upregulation of sensory gain and/or the degradation of inhibitory projections across hierarchical processing stages of the auditory pathway due to peripheral deprivation is likely to give rise to the auditory phantom percepts in Tinnitus.

Recently converging evidence showed that the suppresion of neural hyperactivity by lateral inhibition using tailor-made notch filtering is a promising approach to support tinnitus treatments. In particular a 3-week pilot study using hearing aids proved to be successful. Until today a long-time evaluation of this approach was missing.