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New Hope for 'Ringing' in the Ears

Posted 4 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 3, 2018 – For people with tinnitus, the persistent sense of ringing in the ears is mildly annoying at best and disabling at worst. But a new device may help ease the phantom noises, researchers report. The experimental device uses precisely timed sound and skin stimulation to target nerve activity in the brain. It quelled the bothersome sounds in lab animals and improved quality ...

Brain-Training May Help Ease Ringing in the Ears

Posted 20 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 – An online program that "trains" the brain may help people cope with the constant ringing in the ears called tinnitus, a small study suggests. People with tinnitus can have poorer working memory, deficiencies in attention, and slower mental processing speeds and reaction times. However, an internet-based program to improve mental acuity appeared to help them deal with ...

The 'Love Hormone' May Quiet Tinnitus

Posted 23 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 – People suffering from chronic ringing in the ears – called tinnitus – may find some relief by spraying the hormone oxytocin in their nose, a small initial study by Brazilian researchers suggests. Oxytocin – dubbed the "love hormone" because it promotes social connections – might also help relieve the annoying and sometimes disturbing noises of tinnitus. "Oxytocin ...

1 in 10 Americans Has Experienced Ringing in the Ears

Posted 21 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 – One in 10 Americans has experienced ringing in the ears, a condition called tinnitus, and that is likely the result of prolonged exposure to loud noises, new research suggests. Of those who were struck by tinnitus, only 36 percent said they had it constantly, however. Tinnitus is characterized by hearing sounds when there are none. The sounds can be perceived as ...

Magnetic Pulses to Brain May Ease Ringing in the Ears

Posted 17 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 – Magnetic pulses to the brain may provide lasting relief to many people with tinnitus, new research suggests. The nearly 45 million Americans with tinnitus hear a persistent ringing, buzzing, hissing or other sound even when there is no external sound source. Tinnitus can interfere with people's ability to sleep or concentrate, and it is sometimes disabling, the study ...

Why Ringing in the Ears May Be Hard to Treat

Posted 23 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 – Tinnitus is associated with surprisingly wide-ranging brain activity, researchers report, and this may be why the hearing disorder is hard to treat. About one in five people have tinnitus, which is the sensation of a steady ringing or buzzing in the ears. The study included a 50-year-old man who suffered tinnitus in both ears, in association with hearing loss. ...

Ears May Have Natural Defense Against Loud Noise, Mouse Study Shows

Posted 20 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 – Ears have a natural mechanism to help protect them against extremely loud and damaging noises, new research suggests. Researchers pinpointed a connection from a part of the ear known as the cochlea to the brain that warns of intense incoming noise. The cochlea is the hearing part of the inner ear. This noise alert system may be the reason you stick your fingers in your ...

Coffee May Keep Your Ears From Ringing

Posted 8 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 – Being a coffee lover may be good for your ears, a new study suggests. Researchers found that women who consumed higher amounts of caffeine were less likely to have tinnitus, which is a steady ringing or buzzing in the ear. The study included more than 65,000 American women, aged 30 to 44, who did not have tinnitus in 1991 and were followed for 18 years. During that time, ...

NIH Launches 'Nerve Stimulation' Trial to Ease Tinnitus

Posted 6 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 6, 2014 – Volunteers are being recruited for a clinical trial to test a new method to treat ringing in the ears, the troubling condition known as tinnitus. The technique being studied uses nervous system stimulation to "rewire" parts of the brain in an attempt to significantly reduce or eliminate tinnitus. If it proves successful, it could offer hope to millions of Americans with ...

Aspirin Might Help Treat Brain Tumor Tied to Hearing Loss

Posted 30 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2014 – Aspirin might slow the growth of a noncancerous type of brain tumor that can lead to hearing loss, ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and even death, according to new research. For the study, which was published in the February issue of the journal Otology and Neurotology, researchers examined data from nearly 700 people who were diagnosed with vestibular schwannomas (also ...

Health Tip: If You Have Tinnitus

Posted 14 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

-- Tinnitus is the sensation of a ringing, buzzing, clicking, roaring or hissing sound in one or both ears. It's not a disease itself, but a sign that something is wrong with hearing, or the parts of the brain involved in processing sound. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders says possible causes of tinnitus include: Hearing loss caused by exposure to loud noise. ...

Poor Sleep Heightens 'Ringing Ear' Disease Symptoms: Study

Posted 25 Apr 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 25 – For people with tinnitus, which features chronic ringing, buzzing, hissing or clicking in the head and ears, poor sleep makes it even more difficult to cope with the condition, researchers have found. The study included 117 tinnitus patients treated at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit between 2009 and 2011. The more severe the patients' insomnia, the greater their complaints ...

Animal Study Finds Nerve Stimulation May Thwart Tinnitus

Posted 12 Jan 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 12 – Research in rats suggests that "rebooting" the brain can help stop tinnitus, a condition characterized by persistent ringing or other noises in the ears. There is no cure for tinnitus, which can occur as a result of hearing loss. In this study, U.S. researchers stimulated the vagus nerve while simultaneously playing a variety of sound tones over an extended period of time. ...

Can Cell Phones Cause Another Kind of Ringing?

Posted 19 Jul 2010 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 19 – Regular cell phone use may increase the risk of developing persistent ringing in the ear – a condition known as tinnitus, a small Austrian study suggests. But one U.S. ear specialist called the data used for the study "very weak," adding that the study failed to prove a connection between cell phone use and tinnitus. The study's lead researcher, Dr. Hans-Peter Hutter of the ...

Tinnitus Not Usually an Inherited Condition

Posted 18 Feb 2010 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17 – Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) isn't a highly inherited disorder, Norwegian researchers conclude. While tinnitus has been reported to cluster in families, little is known about the role that genes play in the condition. In the new study, researchers analyzed data gathered from almost 13,000 spouses, more than 27,600 parents and offspring, and close to 11,500 siblings. A ...

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