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Tinnitus research offers hope

Post on 10th July 2019

With one in ten British adults suffering from tinnitus, news that a drug to cure the condition may be nearer is certainly welcome.

Research scientists in Arizona, USA, have made a breakthrough by blocking a protein molecule that fuels brain inflammation. The study has been trialled on mice but further investigations are required before tests on humans.

Let us hope such a pill is developed to offer hope to those living with tinnitus, a ringing or buzzing in the ear which can cause stress, sleeping problems, anxiety and hearing loss.

Tinnitus can strike at any age and to varying degrees. It is more common in those with hearing loss or other ear problems but it also affects those with normal hearing.

The exact causes are not known but it is generally agreed that tinnitus results from some type of change, either mental or physical, not necessarily related to hearing.

It is known that frequent, prolonged exposure to loud noise increases the risk of getting tinnitus, or of making it worse. If you can’t avoid loud nose, say at work, always use proper ear protectors. During leisure time, such as listening to music, don’t forget to take precautions and turn the volume down where possible.

Damage done to our hearing cannot be undone so it is worth getting into the habit of looking after our hearing.

If you have any worries about your hearing you can find help, advice and free hearing checks at your local Scrivens branch.

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