The program is made up of 11 interactive training exercises, including simple sound stimuli, continuous speech and visual stimuli. The goal is to get people to stop paying attention to their tinnitus and let it fade into the background. The researchers assessed the benefit of the program using brain scans and tests of memory and attention. These were done at the start of the study, and again eight weeks later. medical school interview haircutBrain scans of those who underwent the treatment showed changes in the areas responsible for attention and mental control, Piccirillo said. On specific tests of memory, attention and behavioral measures, the researchers didn’t note any differences. But study participants felt there were improvements. Half of those who completed the online program said they felt there were improvements in their tinnitus as well as improvements in memory, attention and concentration, compared with patients who didn’t use the program, Piccirillo said. The program exercises the brain, he said. “We think it works by the ability of the brain to change itself based on input,” Piccirillo said.
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A 2010 Tampa Bay Times story said an arbitration panel ordered Bonati to pay $12 million to a couple. Attorney Steve Yerrid alleges unnecessary operations left the husband unable to walk. Florida authorities have hit Bonati with disciplinary sanctions, including having to work for two years under the supervision of another orthopedic surgeon. Twenty-one actions are listed against Bonati on the Florida Department of Health website. Geinzer said he knew of several settlements against Bonati: Two other highly publicized settlements total $10 million. Geinzer said Bonati told him that unlike settlements reached by other doctors, his were made public because of the type of insurance he had. He also said Bonati told him he became the target of an ultracompetitive medical establishment because his work was so advanced. Geinzer said he was amazed when he traveled to Florida to watch Bonati in surgery. Bonati uses arthroscopy and lasers in his minimally invasive surgery, with incisions the size of a staple. There is minimal bleeding and little muscle trauma.
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