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New Hope For Treatment Of Tinnitus

A study involving rats suggests the possibility the brain can be trained to ignore the nerve signals to help stop the condition.


Ozarks First, Jan 13, 2011

(Chicago, IL) -- Researchers are raising hope about a new treatment that may help people suffering from a ringing in the ears known as tinnitus.

A study involving rats suggests the possibility the brain can be trained to ignore the nerve signals to help stop the condition.

The technique involved pairing a device that sends electrical impulses to the vagus nerve in the neck with different sounds.

The stimulation of the nerve releases chemicals that spark changes in the brain.

After several weeks, it proved successful in a group of rats.

A trial of the treatment in humans is scheduled to begin this year in Europe.

The research was funded in part by the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, part of the National Institutes of Health.

The study is published in the journal "Nature."

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