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Breakthrough for tinnitus sufferers

A tinnitus treatment that involves listening to sounds through headphones may offer new hope for thousands of sufferers, a study has found.

The unusual therapy is designed to “reset” auditory nerve cells in the brain to stop them misfiring.

Known as Acoustic Co-ordinated Reset (CR) Neuromodulation, it reduced tinnitus symptoms in three-quarters of trial patients. The £4,500 treatment is currently only available to private patients. But the trial results could pave the way to it being offered on the NHS.

An estimated 10% of the population suffers from tinnitus, which causes ringing and other noises in the ears.

Most treatments rely on helping patients cope with the symptoms.

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