Tinnitus can be a debilitating affliction. It 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 according to 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.
The treatment is also cheap and can be used while driving or at bedtime.
Tinnitus Cure Trial
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.
Almost 5 million Britons live with the excruciating condition, which can result in permanent deafness.
Tinnitus can be triggered by a range of sources such as loud music, stress and diet. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin admitted he has suffered with the condition for a decade after listening to loud music as a teenager.
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