Tinnitus, or the commonly known “phantom ringing” in the ear is an extremely unpleasant affection, inhibiting our inner peace and making us experience an extremely stressful sound that doesn’t seem to stop by any means. Tinnitus is known to affect thousands of American people and up until recently, no treatment has shown efficient results to elevate the symptoms.
A team of researchers has gathered together to study the affection and managed to come up with very efficient results. Their findings bring us closer to developing a cure for this condition that has been increasing in popularity among men and women who have served American armed forces.
The treatment consists of an electric current running through a coil placed on the scalp, which consequently generates a magnetic field that affects nearby brain cells. It all starts in the brain and it all ends there. The study involved 64 patients with significant ringing in their ears. They were required to fill out questionnaires during the research, while 32 of the study subjects received 2.000 TMS pulses during sessions over ten consecutive business days. The other half was offered sham TMS. After proceeding with the comparative treatments, findings revealed that 56% of study subjects who received TMS improved their health state by the end of the 10th session. In comparison, only 22% of those who received sham TMS showed improvement.
Tinnitus usually appears in people who experience hearing loss or in people who have been long exposed to loud noises. The affection is usually associated with damage to the auditory system. The affection evolves as the magnetic field can penetrate the scalp and skull and interacts with the brain tissue.
The electronic pulses therapy has already been approved for the treatment of depression in the US. When TMS is delivered with one pulse per second, the low rate of stimulation can act to suppress neural activity in that region.
This is nevertheless a precious finding for those who suffer from “phantom ringing”. Any kind of noise pollution, whether it comes from outside factors or the inconsistent inner workings of our brains, deeply affects our day-to-day routine. Present treatments for tinnitus include medication for alleviating the severity of the symptoms, noise suppression and treating the health condition responsible for causing the symptom.
People who are classified as suffering from chronic tinnitus report that their ailment is clinically significant. This affects quality of life at a dramatic level, most of the times. However, tinnitus can be treated with electronic pulses sent to the brain. The new method can improve existing therapies and offer a viable option for patients whose response to other treatments was not efficient.
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