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How a jab in your ear could banish tinnitus for good

Posted Jul 08 2009 9:53am

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An injection that's administered into the eardrum could help relieve tinnitus, the Daily Mail reports.

The jab contains a drug that blocks the brain chemical glutamate, which is thought to play a key role in the development of tinnitus.

Laboratory research showed that a single dose of the drug cured tinnitus in people with noise-induced hearing loss.

Tinnitus is the term for unexplained noise in the ear, such as a high-pitched whistling, ringing or hissing. The noise might be constant, or come and go over time. A third of us are expected to experience the condition at some stage.

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There is no cure, but the new treatment appears to be an effective therapy for noise-induced tinnitus.

The drug, named AM-101, focuses on the fact that hearing problems such as tinnitus are linked to excessive amounts of glutamate.

Read more at the Mail Online.

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