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Nerve stimulation and repetitive sounds help improve hearing

Combining seizure-preventing electrical stimulation with repetitive musical tones improves processing of sounds in the brain, according to new research. The discovery may provide relief for chronic ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and aid communication skills in people with autism. The first-of-its-kind study, published ahead of print in the Journal of Neurophysiology (JNP), was chosen as an APS select article for August.

Source: Medical Express
Published: Wed, 14 Aug 2019 11:13 UTC

Parents' mental illness increases suicide risk in adults with tinnitus, hyperacusis

Patients who suffer from tinnitus, a perceived noise or ringing in the ears, and hyperacusis, extreme sensitivity to noise, could be at heightened risk for thoughts of suicide and self-harm because of their childhood history of parental mental illness.

Source: Medical Express
Published: Wed, 31 Jul 2019 12:15 UTC

Reducing brain inflammation could treat tinnitus and other hearing loss-related disorders

Inflammation in a sound-processing region of the brain mediates ringing in the ears in mice that have noise-induced hearing loss, according to a study publishing June 18 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology by Shaowen Bao of the University of Arizona, and colleagues.

Source: Medical Express
Published: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 16:00 UTC

Is tinnitus causing that ringing in your ear?

Have you ever experienced a constant ringing in your ears that you can't pinpoint the cause? It might be tinnitus ('tin-ni-tus) - the sensation of hearing a sound when no external sound is present. In most cases, tinnitus can be managed, but for some, it's a chronic condition that can affect sleep and everyday function. Fortunately, there are options to reduce its effects.

Source: Medical Express
Published: Wed, 13 Mar 2019 10:18 UTC

Discovery of new neurons in the inner ear can lead to new therapies for hearing disorders

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have identified four types of neurons in the peripheral auditory system, three of which are new to science. The analysis of these cells can lead to new therapies for various kinds of hearing disorders, such as tinnitus and age-related hearing loss. The study is published in Nature Communications.

Source: Medical Express
Published: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 09:24 UTC

Risk of cochlear disorders up with history of migraine

(HealthDay)—The risk of cochlear disorders, especially tinnitus, is increased among patients with a history of migraine, according to a study published online July 12 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

Source: Medical Express
Published: Wed, 18 Jul 2018 17:00 UTC

Mindfulness is key to tinnitus relief

A leading UK study has found that a new mindfulness based approach to tinnitus could transform the treatment of the condition.

Source: Medical Express
Published: Mon, 02 Jul 2018 09:00 UTC

Study suggests brainwave link between disparate disorders

A brainwave abnormality could be a common link between Parkinson's disease, neuropathic pain, tinnitus and depression—a link that authors of a new study suggest could lead to treatment for all four conditions.

Source: Medical Express
Published: Thu, 24 May 2018 09:51 UTC

Mifepristone may halt growth of intracranial tumor that causes hearing loss

Massachusetts Eye and Ear researchers have shown that mifepristone, a drug currently FDA-approved for chemical abortion, prevents the growth of vestibular schwannoma (also known as acoustic neuroma) cells. This sometimes-lethal intracranial tumor typically causes hearing loss and tinnitus. The findings, published online today in Scientific Reports, suggest that mifepristone is a promising drug candidate to be repositioned for the treatment of these tumors.

Source: Medical Express
Published: Tue, 03 Apr 2018 14:31 UTC

Specially timed signals ease tinnitus symptoms in first test aimed at condition's root cause

Millions of Americans hear ringing in their ears—a condition called tinnitus—but a new study shows an experimental device could help quiet the phantom sounds by targeting unruly nerve activity in the brain.

Source: Medical Express
Published: Wed, 03 Jan 2018 15:00 UTC