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Frequent use of over-the-counter analgesics associated with risk of tinnitus

Over-the-counter (OTC) analgesics, such as aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), and acetaminophen, are some of the most commonly used medications, widely available without a prescription, and perceived to be safe. But frequent use—including inadvertently exceeding a recommended dose when taking cold and sinus medications that contain these analgesics—can potentially cause harm. Very high doses of aspirin can lead to reversible tinnitus, but a new longitudinal study, led by ...

Source: Medical Express
Published: Wed, 09 Feb 2022 11:00 UTC

One in four Australian workers suffer 'ringing ears', survey shows

As many as half a million Australians are suffering from constant tinnitus, with farmers, automotive workers, transport drivers, construction workers and other trades people at the greatest risk, a national survey as part of Curtin-led research has found.

Source: Medical Express
Published: Mon, 07 Feb 2022 03:48 UTC

Constant tinnitus is linked to altered brain activity

There has to date been no reliable objective method of diagnosing tinnitus. Researchers from Karolinska Institutet now show that brainstem audiometry can be used to measure changes in the brain in people with constant tinnitus. The study has been published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Source: Medical Express
Published: Wed, 26 Jan 2022 10:03 UTC

Study: One in seven people in the EU suffer from tinnitus

New research led by researchers from the University of Nottingham, has found that approximately 65 million adults in the EU suffer from tinnitus, and this figure will significantly rise over the next decade.

Source: Medical Express
Published: Thu, 04 Nov 2021 07:56 UTC

Study finds the SARS-CoV-2 virus can infect the inner ear

Many COVID-19 patients have reported symptoms affecting the ears, including hearing loss and tinnitus. Dizziness and balance problems can also occur, suggesting that the SARS-CoV-2 virus may be able to infect the inner ear.

Source: Medical Express
Published: Fri, 29 Oct 2021 05:00 UTC

Experts say cicada sounds could be problematic for those with tinnitus

With this year's return of cicadas, many will view the mostly harmless insects as an annoyance. However, the bugs' high-pitched buzzing sound—which can be loud enough to drown out a jet plane flying overhead—could potentially worsen an ear-ringing condition known as tinnitus.

Source: Medical Express
Published: Fri, 28 May 2021 08:11 UTC

Has lockdown driven tinnitus sufferers to despair?

This gap in research knowledge has proved enticing for enterprising young scientist Dr. Dee Domingo, who recently joined Flinders University's fledgling Audiology Department to commence bold new research ideas and analysis of tinnitus—involving brain stimulation trials to manage the condition and examining whether tinnitus suffers fared worse during COVID-19 lockdowns.

Source: Medical Express
Published: Mon, 22 Feb 2021 08:59 UTC

Synchronization of brain hemispheres changes what we hear

Most of the time, our brain receives different input from each of our ears, but we nevertheless perceive speech as unified sounds. This process takes place through synchronization of the areas of the brain involved with the help of gamma waves, neurolinguists at the University of Zurich have now discovered. Their findings may lead to new treatment approaches for tinnitus.

Source: Medical Express
Published: Mon, 08 Feb 2021 15:00 UTC

Preserving workers' hearing health by improving earplug efficiency

Noise exposure accounts for 22% of worldwide work-related health problems. Excessive noise not only causes hearing loss and tinnitus, but also increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases. To provide protection, workers normally wear earplugs. However, commonly available earplugs are often uncomfortable, since they don't fit everyone's ears equally well.

Source: Medical Express
Published: Fri, 08 Jan 2021 06:50 UTC

Technology lets clinicians objectively detect tinnitus for first time

A technology called functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) can be used to objectively measure tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, according to a new study published November 18 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Mehrnaz Shoushtarian of The Bionics Institute, Australia, and colleagues.

Source: Medical Express
Published: Wed, 18 Nov 2020 14:00 UTC