COUNCIL CHRONICLE – People who suffer from tinnitus also have a persistent ringing in their ears. This can go from mild to disabling. Because of this, people might not be able to perform their daily tasks. Now, a new experimental device might help them lower this bothersome ringing.
Ringing in Ears to Soon be Gone or At Least Lowered Thanks to Experimental Device?
This experimental device uses timed sound and stimulation in order to target the activity of the brain nerve. Reportedly, it has already helped more than 20 people get rid of the ringing in their ears caused by tinnitus.
People who suffer from tinnitus hear sounds in their ears even when there isn’t any. This is because the fusiform cells increase their activity when they don’t need to.
With the help of this experimental device, the cells won’t activate unless there is a sound stimulus. More than 15% of American suffer from this condition.
About two million of them are not able to work or carry on with their activities due to the fact that they hear a constant ringing in their ears. In some cases, this leads to stress and the incapability to work normally.
This condition is often caused by neck or head trauma or exposure to loud sounds. The recently conducted study showed that the fusiform cell activity can actually be tamed through the electrical stimulation of the skin.
As part of the research, participants used the experimental device for 30 minutes every day for four weeks. After stopping, their problems returned in a week.
Despite this, the improvement in the quality of life lasted for a few weeks after that. The patients who used a placebo device did not present any improvements or changes.
— Michigan Medicine (@umichmedicine) January 3, 2018
Researchers mentioned that a longer trial needs to be conducted in order to see the long-term effects of this experimental device.
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