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Methods of Treatment for Tinnitus
Joshua Luekenga March 15, 2017

Methods of Treatment for Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a hearing condition that affects 50 million Americans, and is more frequently found in the elderly population. Tinnitus can be defined as a ringing sensation within your ears without any external stimuli and is found to occur as a result of prolonged exposure to loud noises. So far no cure has been found for the condition of Tinnitus, but there are several modes of treatment that can help reduce the disruption caused by it.

The use of hearing instruments can help people overcome Tinnitus by enhancing external sounds to a greater level, thereby reducing the buzzing sensation. Tinnitus is often a symptom of an underlying hearing problem, such as damage to the ears or a symptom of hearing loss. Hearing aids can help a person suffering from Tinnitus to overcome the social and communicative disruption caused by Tinnitus.

Another treatment for Tinnitus is known as the “Brain Fitness Program-Tinnitus,” as suggested by the Washington University School of Medicine. This program utilizes eleven cognitive training exercises such as utilizing acoustic and visual stimuli to help improve their memory and concentration, thereby reducing their perception of Tinnitus.

Researchers from Wayne State University have created a screening program along with a training program to help identify Tinnitus in laboratory rats through the use of behavioral observation. This program trained the rats to lick a spout each time they were able to hear a noise, and refrain from licking it when they heard nothing but silence. The scientists were able to discover that some rats tended to lick the spout even in silent conditions, indicating that they were experiencing Tinnitus.

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