Deaf news: New treatment offers hope for people with tinnitus

Posted on March 20, 2012

The Independent has reported that a new sound-based treatment looks set to change the lives of people with tinnitus.

Ten percent of the UK population has some level of tinnitus, which causes ringing noises and other sounds to be heard. 600,000 people experience tinnitus to a disabling degree.

The article says: “the unusual therapy is designed to “reset” auditory nerve cells in the brain to stop them misfiring.”

The treatment is called Acoustic Co-ordinated Reset (CR) Neuromodulation, where patients wear headphones that play tones that are tuned into the patient’s tinnitus for a few hours a day.

While there is no indication yet of how well the treatment works for people with some level of deafness, it is said to “disrupt the rhythmic firing patterns of tinnitus-creating auditory nerve cells.” 75% of patients in a study reported an improvement.

After a successful trial, the treatment may soon be offered on the NHS.

Read the full article on the Independent website by clicking here.

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