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Stop the Ringing!

Saturday, January 16th, 2010 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

Tinnitus — often described as a persistent ringing in the ears — is a prevalent problem in the industrialized world. German researchers, writing recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, noted that this ringing can be so loud as to hinder the quality of life in from one to three percent of the general population.

The authors conducted a study finding that custom-tailored music therapy may help to lower the noise levels caused by tinnitus. They developed individualized musical treatments based on the music preferences of tinnitus patients. Certain sound frequencies (those that corresponded to a patient’s tinnitus frequency) were removed from the selections.

After a year of listening to this special music, the patients reported a significant reduction in tinnitus volume, as compared to others who had listened to placebo music.