What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a ringing in the ears in the absence of external sound. Tinnitus is caused by problems in the brain, not in the ear. Neurons in the brain can become hyperactive, resulting in a phantom sound, or “tinnitus.” MicroTransponder’s treatment for tinnitus is based on decades of neuroscience research and uses Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) paired with sounds to suppress tinnitus. This treatment is known as the Serenity® System.
How VNS Works
The Serenity® System pairs Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) with listening to sounds using headphones. VNS causes the release of neurochemicals in the brain. Pairing sounds with VNS helps decrease brain hyperactivity over time. VNS is not a new therapy - other VNS systems have been used to treat over 100,000 epilepsy patients.
Tinnitus Treatment Overview
Physician or Audiologist meets with the patient
It is important for the healthcare provider to perform a tinnitus evaluation on their patients to determine the frequency and severity of the patient’s tinnitus.
Implantation of Device
The device is placed in the upper chest wall and a spiral lead is wrapped around the vagus nerve. A few days later, a physician calibrates the Serenity® System and the patient can begin therapy at home.
Patient uses Therapy at Home or Work
The Serenity® System can be used by the patient at home or at work. Patients receive therapy over several months and are free to do other activities during their sessions, including reading a book, responding to emails, or browsing the Internet.
Serenity® System Overview
To begin, the patient puts on headphones and presses a computer key to start therapy. Each time a sound is played, the wireless transmitter sends a signal to the device, which stimulates the vagus nerve. To learn more, click the button below to watch the video.