Albany, N.Y., June 14, 2006—Researchers at Albany Medical Center are seeking volunteers with normal hearing to gain a better understanding of tinnitus, or “ringing in the ears.”
Tinnitus is a chronic and often painful condition that affects 5 percent to 15 percent of the population. The trial, conducted by Anthony Cacace, PhD, associate professor in the Neurosciences Institute at Albany Med, requires normal hearing (no ringing in the ears) subjects between 50 and 90 years old who have no metal implants in their bodies.
The Neurosciences Institute study is researching ways to identify a biomarker for noise-induced tinnitus to aid in diagnosis, quantify treatment effects and understand the underlying mechanism of the disorder. Participants will be included in a clinical trial that uses magnetic resonance technology to measure chemicals in the brain’s hearing center, and how they might affect noise-induced tinnitus in patients.
Participants will need to complete a questionnaire, undergo a hearing test and a MRI. Subjects will be paid for their time. For more information, contact the institute at 518-262-0800.
The institute will conduct the trials with the high-field GE Signa 3T MRI system at Albany Medical College, which uses magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) similar to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure extremely small concentrations of certain chemicals in specific areas of the brain.
Albany Medical Center is northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center. It consists of Albany Medical College, Albany Medical Center Hospital and the Albany Medical Center Foundation, Inc. Additional information about Albany Medical Center can be found at www.amc.edu.