An fMRI Investigation of the Effects of IV Lidocaine on Tinnitus

  • STATUS
    Recruiting
  • End date
    Nov 9, 2022
  • participants needed
    40
  • sponsor
    Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Updated on 9 May 2021

Summary

This is an exploratory pilot open-label study to identify the signal changes on fMRI of patients with tinnitus and with temporary suppression of the tinnitus with IV lidocaine. Patients will include those with hearing loss (both unilateral and bilateral) and tinnitus, subjects with normal hearing and tinnitus, and control subjects with normal hearing and no tinnitus. Eligible subjects will have functional and subjective data collected at baseline, receive an IV lidocaine infusion, and have functional and subjective data collected post-infusion for comparison and identification of involved neural networks.

Description

A total of 40 subjects will be enrolled in this study. Ten study volunteers will be enrolled in each of the following four groups:

  1. - Normal hearing (NH) without tinnitus (T-)
  2. - Normal hearing (NH) with tinnitus (T+)
  3. - Unilateral hearing loss (uHL) and ipsilateral unilateral tinnitus (uT+)
  4. - Bilateral hearing loss (bHL) and bilateral tinnitus (bT+)

Application of the study treatment may occur at the initial Screening Visit (pending all eligibility requirements can be confirmed) or at Visit 1. The first visit (not including IV lidocaine infusion) should take no more than 3 hours. The investigators will assess patient eligibility and obtain a baseline MRI, audiometry with high frequency, and middle ear muscle reflexes. Three questionnaires (THI, TFI, VAS) will also be given prior to IV lidocaine infusion to assess patients' perception of their tinnitus.

The patient visit and baseline screening may take up to 8 hours total. Patients may have completed the screening/baseline visit on a prior day, in which case the visit should take no more than 5 hours. At the screening/baseline visit, patient will be asked to complete three questionnaires; have an audiogram with high frequency and middle ear reflexes; a pregnancy test if the patient is a woman of childbearing age, and a baseline MRI to assess brain activity. We will also obtain a baseline EKG to evaluate the patient's heart and blood draw to check liver and kidney function. At the infusion visit, patients will receive IV lidocaine infusion for 30 minutes (500mg maximal dose) and an fMRI of the brain. After the infusion, the investigators will draw some blood samples to test for serum lidocaine levels, perform another audiogram with high frequency and middle ear reflexes, and administer the same three questionnaires (THI, TFI, VAS). The investigators will follow-up with patients via email 30 (7) days after the infusion visit for any adverse event and ask them to complete the three questionnaires (THI, TFI, VAS).

Details
Condition Tinnitus, ringing in the ears
Treatment IV lidocaine
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04192773
SponsorMassachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Last Modified on9 May 2021

Eligibility

Yes No Not Sure

Inclusion Criteria

Age 18
Ability to provide informed consent
English speaker
Falls under one of the four groups a. Normal Hearing without Tinnitus (NH/T-) i. Normal Hearing as defined as pure tone thresholds of 25 dB or less across all tested frequencies ii. Subjective confirmation of lack of tinnitus _1\. Never or rarely b. Normal Hearing with Tinnitus (NH/T+) i. Normal Hearing Normal Hearing as defined as pure tone thresholds of 25 dB or less across all tested frequencies ii. Subjective confirmation of tinnitus_ 1\. Often, always c. Unilateral hearing loss and ipsilateral unilateral tinnitus (uHL/uT+) i. Unilateral hearing loss as defined by pure tone thresholds of 50 dB or greater across 3 frequencies in the bad ear and 25 dB or less in good ear ii. Subjective confirmation of tinnitus in the good ear _1\. Often, always d. Bilateral hearing loss and bilateral tinnitus (bHL/bT+) i. Bilateral hearing loss as defined by pure tone thresholds of 50 dB or greater across 3 frequencies in both ears ii. Subjective confirmation of tinnitus in both ears_
Often, always
Tinnitus will be confirmed via Likert-scale: Never - Rarely - Sometimes - Often - Always

Exclusion Criteria

Currently undergoing tinnitus treatment with other pharmacologic agents
Patients may be eligible if they complete a 60 day washout period from pharmacologic agents treating tinnitus
Inability to tolerate fMRI or other contraindications of fMRI including claustrophobia or presence of ferromagnetic objects in the body that cannot be removed
Contraindications to IV lidocaine administration such known allergy to lidocaine
History of myocardial infarction or cardiac arrhythmias including Wolff-Parkinson-White, severe sinoatrial, atrioventricular or intraventricular heart block in the absence of a pacemaker
History of seizure disorder
Resting BP of <100/50
Currently taking antiarrhythmics
Have taken antibiotics within 48 hours of infusion
Known hepatic failure
Pregnant or lactating women
Patient with other neurological or psychiatric disorders, such as stroke, brain tumor, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder
Patients who cannot fill out the questionnaires
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