Researchers Solve Mystery Behind Ringing Ears Through Brain Mapping

Tinnitus

Finally, researchers figured out the reason why constant ringing noise of tinnitus is difficult to treat.

Tinnitus refers to ringing in the ear. It produces sound similar to clicking, buzzing and hissing. The noise can be soft, low pitch and loud. It can be intermittent or continuous.  It can cause difficulty in concentrating and sleeping. Sometimes, it may lead to serious psychological distress.

As per the report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, continuous exposure to loud noise is the major cause of Tinnitus. Every year, more than 50 million people suffer from tinnitus in the United States.

Researchers from the University of Iowa utilized a special brain-monitoring technique for this purpose. E.N.T usually uses these techniques for the treatment of epilepsy. Experts carefully placed 164 electrodes to measure the brain activity of tinnitus patient. Afterwards, they assessed brain activity of weak and strong condition of tinnitus.

William Sedley, a neuroscientist at Newcastle University, talked about the research in detail. He notifies that the comparison between normal and surpassed tinnitus trials played a vital role in the study.

In the end of the analysis, researchers found that tinnitus affects a large part of brain. However, brain only response to sound played in specific region.

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