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Breakthrough research on tinnitus could lead to a cure

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The University of Arizona has recently found some breakthrough research on tinnitus. Tinnitus is the perception of noise or ringing in the ears and affects about 15 to 20 percent of people. In a study on mice, scientists were able to stop the condition by blocking a protein that triggers brain inflammation. Their hope now is to develop a pill that can treat the condition as well as other hearing problems.

Notably, the co-author of the study, Professor Shaowen Bao, suggests the true cause of tinnitus; a molecule called TNF-A has led them in the right direction. Mice in a study were exposed to loud music for a two hour period. Due to blocking the TNF-A molecule, it prevented them from developing tinnitus. In an interview with The Metro, Professor Bao speaks more on neuro-inflammation being a possible therapeutic route.

“Genetic knock out of TNF-A or pharmacologically blocking its expression prevented neuro-inflammation and ameliorated the behaviour associated with tinnitus in mice with noise induced hearing loss. These results implicate neuro-inflammation as a therapeutic target for treating tinnitus and other hearing loss related disorders.

Trust us, we know how fun it is to be on the rail at a show, in fact, we love it too! Not only way too close to the speakers, but to feel bass pouring out of them. But, using hearing protection is important or you could risk damaging your ears and ruining music. Moreover, artists themselves understand the risks, Ghastly has spoken out on using hearing protection.

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