A new study has claimed that a personalized treatment could reverse tinnitus and can help sufferers recover faster.
Scientists have now found that playing sufferers the same tone which they "hear," halts auditory brain cells from creating the perceived noise.
The new acoustic coordinated reset (ACR) therapy has shown in trials that it eases loudness and annoyance caused by tinnitus in seven out of 10 patients, the journal Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience reports.
Sufferers never experience pure silence, and many struggle to fall asleep. It is more common in the elderly. The only other treatments available have been those which mask symptoms, such as CDs of ocean waves, or psychological techniques to help people cope better.
Scientists have now found that playing sufferers the same tone which they "hear" in their mind stops auditory brain cells from creating the perceived noise.
With ACR, the brain manages to "unlearn" the neurological processes which cause it to generate the "phantom" sounds sufferers associate with tinnitus. The results of the research are being presented Tuesday at the British Medical Association conference here.