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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 29, 2003

UI Receives Grant To Study Tinnitus Treatments

A University of Iowa Health Care researcher has recently received a grant to study a treatment for tinnitus, commonly referred to as ringing in the ear.

Richard S. Tyler, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, and in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, won the three-year, $107,453 grant from the American Tinnitus Association.

Tinnitus affects about one in every 100 people. There is no cure. Tyler will study the effectiveness of treating tinnitus with various low-level sounds, including music, in conjunction with a new counseling protocol. The background sound is able to decrease the prominence of the tinnitus. The counseling is designed to help with concentration, hearing and sleep problems brought about by the ringing.

Tyler is also the co-principal investigator of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery's $9,815,659 National Institutes of Health grant on cochlear implants. Bruce Gantz, M.D., professor and head of the department, serves as the principal investigator on that grant.

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