New hope for tinnitus sufferers
Berthold Langguth, a neurologist in Germany, believes the hearing cells in the auditory cortex (the brain area perceiving sound signals) in tinnitus sufferers are overactive and is trying to normalise them.
By running an electric current through sections of wire he creates a magnetic field. When held over the head of a patient the magnetic stimulation reduces the neural activity and diminishes unwanted sound.
Only one patient so far has been completely cured but many have found the volume of their tinnitus reduced.
In Belgium, neurosurgeon Dirk De Ridder, has tried implanting electrodes directly into the brain of sufferers to permanently normalise the overactive neurons.
So far he has only operated on 30 patients but with some successful results.
(Thanks to Frank for sending this my way.)