Tinnitus blights the lives of ten per cent of Britain’s adults but the misery of tinnitus can be relieved – by listening to the sea.
Painful ringing in the ears almost halved when patients received counseling combined with recordings of waves lapping on a shore, researchers found.
It is ‘compelling evidence’ that the approach is more effective than current treatments said doctors who published the findings in medical journal The Lancet. The therapy involves psychological help and ‘sound-based retraining’ in which quiet environments are filled with music, ocean noise or the gentle tones of a woodland glade.
Tinnitus treatment is cheap and easy
The treatment is also cheap and can be used while driving or at bedtime. Patients benefited four months after finishing the programme, showed researchers at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Conventional therapies advise sufferers to keep stress levels down and take regular exercise.
Dr Derek Hoare of the British Tinnitus Association hailed the ‘unprecedented’ trial. ‘There is a reasonable consensus that combining different therapies has an additive effect that can lead to greater improvement for tinnitus patients,’ he said.
Around five million Britons live with the condition, which can result in permanent deafness.
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin says he suffers with the condition after listening to loud music as a teenager.
Other treatments to relieve Tinnitus
What vitamins are available for treating tinnitus?
What herbs are available for treating tinnitus?
· Gingko Biloba
What other treatments are available for tinnitus?
· Stress Reduction
· Hearing Aids
· Cranial Sacral Therapy
· Electrical Stimulation
· Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
· Feedback Therapy
· Auditory Integration Training
· Sound Therapy
· Homeopathic Remedies
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