Touch and Sound Relieve Tinnitus

Touch and Sound Relieve Tinnitus
An innovative, non-invasive method of treating tinnitus stimulates the skin to desynchronize the brain.

The device was developed by a team from the University of Michigan, and relies on electrodes attached to the skin that activate touch-sensitive nerves while also emitting precisely timed sounds. The combination of sound and touch triggers the hyperactive nerve cells that produce the ringing in the ears to return to normal activity, with volunteer test subjects reporting a reduction in the phantom sounds after only four weeks of daily use.

The system has also proven effective on guinea pigs with tinnitus.

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