This Is What Recent Studies Reveal About Tinnitus

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With tinnitus, the continuous ringing in the ear — even when there is pin-drop silence — is quite unnerving. It often causes sleepless nights, and even has the potential to spark anxiety and depression. As a result, there have been significant efforts to find out more about this condition. Medical intervention and other methods, including natural remedies, have been pursued. Unfortunately, there is still no sure solution for tinnitus. This has led to even more research.

A recent study was carried out to investigate how tinnitus affects the effort expended in listening. The following post highlights the findings of the research:

The Effect of Tinnitus on Listening Effort in Normal-Hearing Young Adults: A Preliminary Study

Purpose The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of chronic tinnitus on listening effort.

Results Listening effort significantly increased in the tinnitus group across listening conditions. There was no significant difference in listening effort between listening conditions, nor was there an interaction between groups and listening conditions. Subjective listening effort did not significantly differ between both groups. Read more at Asha…

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Looking more closely at the possible remedies, there are now studies which indicate that tinnitus can sometimes be gene-related, as explained in the following post:

Study: Gene to ‘turn off’ Tinnitus found

Researchers studied a ‘glutamate transporter’– a protein that removes glutamate where neural communication occurs – to determine how it is connected to tinnitus, and other problems such as seizures.

By identifing the molecules behind tinnitus, researchers see it as a first step toward finding a treatment to silence the phantom noises.

“Removing excess glutamate from the synapse is vital for healthy neural function. We discovered that without normal function of the Glutamate Aspartate Transporter (GLAST) gene, animals are more prone to develop tinnitus,” says Cederroth. Read more at Hearing Like Me…

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There are also drug therapies that have been found to offer relief for some tinnitus sufferers, as described in this article:

New Study Shows MDMA Could Help Manage Tinnitus & Its Symptoms

Tinnitus is an all-too-common occurrence among revelers who frequent festivals and loud concerts. Tinnitus is the perception of noise or ringing in ears that someone experiences when there is no noise to be heard. For concert goers, tinnitus occurs because the eardrum is being overworked and the little hairs in the ear, called cilia, are dying when listening to all that loud bass. Fortunately, a study done in New Zealand has come across a promising remedy.

For the past two years, the University of Aukland in New Zealand has been conducting trials for remedying tinnitus with MDMA. The idea to begin these trials was presented to Grant Searchfield, the leader of the research team, when his patients reported their tinnitus was lessened after taking ecstasy. Read more at Your EDM…

Advanced research has also led to another recent revelation about tinnitus: It can be caused by problems related to the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), the “hinges” that connect the jaw bone to the skull. This is easily one of the most overlooked causes of the disease.

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An accurate assessment of whether you have TMJ-related tinnitus can be given at Charlotte Headache Center after a simple 20-minute exam. Clinic founder Dr. Robert Harrell offers a specific treatment protocol for addressing the TMJ and the surrounding muscles, restoring them to proper function and eliminating tinnitus in the process.

All you need to do is come in for an evaluation. If you are found to be a candidate for his cutting-edge, FDA approved treatment, Dr. Harrell will create an individualized treatment plan that will have you symptom free in no time. To schedule your evaluation appointment, call Charlotte Headache Center at 704-540-5850 or use the contact form on the website.