Millions of people suffer from tinnitus. It can range from mildly annoying to life altering, from a slight buzzing to a loud roar. Tinnitus can lead to lost time at work, depression, anxiety and problems in relationships.
In short; it isn’t any fun!
But now there is hope for those people who are suffering from tinnitus. New research suggests that blocking the signals from the ear to the brain may help relieve tinnitus.
The University of Western Australia has researched the effectiveness of using a drug called furosemide to treat tinnitus in guinea pigs.
The drug was able to lower the activity of the auditory nerve as well as reduce the neural hyperactivity in the area of the brain that processes sound. The guinea pigs who were treated with the drug didn’t show any further signs of tinnitus.
More study is needed to establish whether or not this treatment will work in humans.
Also, it is not known if this treatment will work in humans who have been suffering from tinnitus for an extended period of time.
So, as always, I will keep you posted when I hear more.
In the meantime, feel free to call me if you need some ideas on how to find some relief from your symptoms.
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