A pioneer in the study of tinnitus comes to Salvador

Launch of the Ante Zumbido Project? PEACE


Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública launches Projeto Ante Zumbido – PAZ and offers free care for tinnitus sufferers
Next Friday (30/07), the Teaching-Care Outpatient Clinic of Bahiana, in Brotas, receives the pioneer in the study of Zumbido, in Brazil, Dr. Tanit Sanchez. The visit of the otolaryngologist marks the launch of the Anti Tinnitus Project – PEACE, an innovative action in Bahia that aims to assist people with tinnitus, by SUS. On the occasion, she gives the lectures "Deactivation of myofacial trigger points and control of somatosensory tinnitus" and " Tinnitus, an approach  multidisciplinary", starting at 16 pm. 
PAZ is an initiative of Drª. Clarice Saba, otolaryngologist, professor at Bahiana and also project coordinator. According to her, the service is multidisciplinary (involves doctors from different specialties, physiotherapists, dentists and even nutritionists), "since tinnitus has several causes, such as partial hearing loss, anatomical issues related to the face, posture, changes in triglyceride levels, pre-diabetes, high consumption of caffeine, sugars, among other factors”, he explains.
PAZ care is provided exclusively by the Unified Health System (SUS) and is carried out at the Teaching-Care Clinic of the Bahiana (ADAB), in Brotas (Av. Don João VI, n.275).
Tanit Sanchez is a physician, author of the book "Who Said Tinnitus Has No Cure?" and founder of the Support Group for People with Tinnitus – GAPZ. Created more than ten years ago, the entity's mission is to provide support and updated information to tinnitus sufferers who have important repercussions on their quality of life. This is a multidisciplinary volunteer work that takes place in seven Brazilian cities (São Paulo, Campinas, Curitiba, Brasília, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and São José do Rio Preto). Tanit will chair the X International Tinnitus Seminar, which will take place in Brazil in 2011.
According to data released by GAPZ, more than 28 million Brazilians suffer from tinnitus, “however, tinnitus is not a disease, but a symptom”, explains Dr. Clarice, stating that in most cases there is a cure. Another differential of the service is that it is exclusively aimed at patients with the problem. “We will not deal with any complaints other than tinnitus, so we can  provide a quality service, with a consultation period of at least 30 minutes”, he highlights.
It is estimated that 17% of the world population have tinnitus. This symptom, now considered to be curable, brings disturbances to the population such as mood changes, worsening of pathologies such as hypertension and diabetes, irritability, depression, and can even lead to suicide.
Due to the strong association with several comorbidities (coexistence of disorders or diseases), tinnitus can serve as a warning sign in the decompensation of metabolic diseases with a great impact on the population, such as hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypo or hyperthyroidism, etc.
Tinnitus also has great repercussions on human communication, especially in patients with presbycusis (hearing loss related to aging), hearing loss and/or people with occupational hearing diseases.
Tinnitus treatment is essential to improve the population's quality of life. Due to the multiplicity of causes, a multidisciplinary action is necessary, including evaluation and, when necessary, treatment in internal medicine, psychology, physiotherapy, radiology, occupational therapy, dentistry, etc.
Doctor graduated by Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública (1983), completed his last year of training (6th year) at the Otorhinolaryngology Service of PUC in Porto Alegre. He has a medical residency in otorhinolaryngology at the Clínica Professor José Kós, Rio de Janeiro. Fellow in two important services in otorhinolaryngology worldwide – Jackson Memorial Hospital - USA and Groninghen Ziekenhuis – Netherlands. She is currently Technical Director of the Bahia Otorhinolaryngology Center;  Preceptor of Medical Residency in Otorhinolaryngology at Santa Casa de Misericórdia da Bahia - Hospital Santa Izabel;  Vice-President of the Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery of Bahia, Member of the Committee of the Department of Specialist Title of the Brazilian Association of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Coordinator and Creator of the Tinnitus Outpatient Clinic of Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública.
1) Scientifically, what is tinnitus?

Clarice Saba - Tinnitus is the perception of sound, in the absence of a physical sound source.

2) When tinnitus becomes a serious case and when should the person seek medical attention?

CS - The patient should seek an otolaryngologist whenever tinnitus occurs frequently.

3) What are its causes?

CS - There are countless. Hence the need to carry out a proper investigation. It is worth emphasizing that tinnitus can serve as a warning sign in the decompensation of metabolic diseases such as diabetes, hyper or hypothyroidism, dyslipidemia (alteration in cholesterol and triglyceride levels), hypertension, spine or posture problems, temporal joint dysfunction. mandibular, changes in dental occlusion, etc.

4) What problems can tinnitus cause for the patient?

CS - Tinnitus is a symptom, a sign, not a disease. But it can cause mood swings, irritability, depression, and can even lead to suicide. It can aggravate pathologies such as hypertension, diabetes, etc.

5) What is the most suitable treatment for tinnitus?

CS- There is no "best fit for tinnitus" treatment, but the "best fit for the patient" treatment. The correct investigation reveals the cause (or causes) of tinnitus in each patient, and if so, this treatment can be individualized, "personalized".

6)  Can tinnitus be cured?

CS  - We tinnitologists are vehement against the jargon of the past that said "tinnitus has no cure"





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