Posted by Charles L. Olmedo and L. Brian Stauffer, www.i4u.com on March 02, 2016
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Published in the journal PLOS ONE, a new study titled "Increased frontal response may underlie decreased tinnitus severity" shows that people with ringing ears, otherwise known as tinnitus, adapt differently to the condition because they use different parts of the brain to process emotions, hearing, attention, and sleep.
About one-third of people over 65 years of age suffer mostly from tinnitus, and it develops from hearing loss related to age or any serious injury. Some people feel so disturbed by the condition to the extent that they cannot concentrate on any daily tasks, while some others find a way to manage themselves.
"We are trying to understand how the brain adapts to having tinnitus for a very long time," said Fatima Husain, a speech and hearing science and neuroscience professor with the University of Illinois. Husain is affiliated with the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and worked with community health and kinesiology professor Edward McAuley, as well as Jake Carpenter-Thompson and Sara Schmidt, neuroscience graduate students.
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