Tinnitus?

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If you've been to as many live music shows as I have, you know that dreaded feeling at the end of an extraordinarily loud performance that you're ears are going to sing you to sleep unless you remembered the essential protections of ear plugs.

Playing drums almost every day doesn't exactly minimize this impact either. But for any of us suffering some form of hearing loss, there is always hope in sight thanks to scientists with their bunsen burners and bubbling beakers and puzzled lab mice.

The Globe and Mail just published a piece on leading research claiming to pinpoint and isolate the neurological factors related to hearing loss. You can read the whole article here. The major finding in research by Josef Rauschecker of Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, is that "MRI scans revealed that part of the brain (the ventromedial prefrontal cortex) that would normally turn off or cancel out the ringing is unusually small in people with tinnitus. “Hopefully, we can find some therapies [to treat tinnitus] that are based on this new knowledge,” said Dr. Rauschecker, whose study was published in the journal Neuron."

Thank you science, for all your wonderful cures.

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