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Specialized Sound Tracks Ease Tinnitus

Millions of people suffer from ringing in the ears or tinnitus. For many, the internal buzzing, chirping or hissing interferes with quality of life. Now German researchers have reported that tailored music therapy may be helpful. The scientists developed musical treatments that corresponded the patient’s taste in listening. They filtered out the frequencies that corresponded to the tinnitus the patient experienced. After a year of listening to these special sound tracks, most patients reported that the tinnitus noise was not as loud or bothersome.

[Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, online Dec. 28, 2009

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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