Learning to live with tinnitus is often how you manage it. You leave the television on to help you tune the constant ringing out. And loud music at bars is causing your hearing loss to get worse so you avoid going dancing. You consult with experts constantly to try out new therapies and new techniques. You just work tinnitus into your everyday life eventually.
Tinnitus has no cure so you feel powerless. Changes could be coming, however. New research published in PLOS Biology seems to give promise that we may be getting closer to a permanent and reliable cure for tinnitus.
You’re suffering from tinnitus if you hear a buzzing or ringing (or sometimes other noises) with no apparent cause. A problem that impacts over 50 million people in the United States alone, it’s incredibly common for people to suffer from tinnitus.
It’s also a symptom, broadly speaking, and not a cause in and of itself. Put simply, tinnitus is caused by something else – there’s an underlying issue that brings about tinnitus symptoms. These root causes can be difficult to diagnose and that’s one reason why a cure is elusive. There are various possible reasons for tinnitus symptoms.
Even the link between tinnitus and loss of hearing is unclear even though the majority of people associate the two. There is some connection but some people have tinnitus and don’t have any loss of hearing.
Inflammation: a New Culprit
The new research published in PLOS Biology highlighted a study performed by Dr. Shaowen Bao, an associate professor of physiology at the Arizona College of Medicine in Tuscon. Dr. Bao did experiments on mice who had tinnitus caused by noise-induced hearing loss. And what she and her team discovered suggests a new tinnitus culprit: inflammation.
Inflammation was found in the brain centers responsible for hearing when scans were done to these mice. These Scans indicate that noise-induced hearing loss is contributing to some unidentified damage because inflammation is the body’s response to damage.
But a new form of approach is also opened up by these results. Because we know (generally speaking) how to deal with inflammation. The tinnitus symptoms went away when the mice were treated for inflammation. Or, at least, those symptoms were no longer observable.
So is There a Pill For Tinnitus?
One day there will probably be a pill for tinnitus. Imagine that–rather than counting on these various coping mechanisms, you can just take a pill in the morning and keep your tinnitus under control.
There are some obstacles but that is certainly the goal:
- We still need to prove if any new method is safe; it could take some time to identify precise side effects, complications, or issues related to these particular medications that block inflammation.
- There are many causes for tinnitus; Which particular forms of tinnitus are connected to inflammation is still not certain.
- These experiments were first performed on mice. This approach is not approved yet for humans and it could be a while before it is.
So, a pill to treat tinnitus could be pretty far off. But it isn’t impossible. That should offer anyone who has tinnitus significant hope. And other solutions are also being researched. Every new discovery, every new bit of understanding, brings that cure for tinnitus just a bit closer.
What Can You do Today?
You might have hope for an eventual tinnitus pill but that won’t give you any relief for your prolonged buzzing or ringing now. There are current therapies for tinnitus that can produce real results, even if they don’t really “cure” the root issue.
Being able to tune out or ignore tinnitus sounds, sometimes employing noise canceling headphones or cognitive techniques is what modern strategies are striving to do. A cure could be several years away, but that doesn’t mean you have to cope with tinnitus by yourself or unaided. Spending less time worrying about the buzzing or ringing in your ears and more time doing what you enjoy is the reason why you should let us help you find a therapy that works for you. Set up your appointment right away.