#2 / Mon, 19 Mar 12 13:01 (Edited: 19 Mar 12 13:17)
"But unlike invasive Deep Brain Stimulation, all it requires is for patients to wear a set of special headphones for a few hours a day.
The headphones emit a series of tones tuned according to the characteristic frequency of the patient's tinnitus.
This is said to disrupt the rhythmic firing patterns of tinnitus-creating auditory nerve cells."
In my case, I 'hear' something like very high frequency, closely pitched sine waves... hmmm... so, if I generate those tones with some test oscillators, or pitch up some sine wave sample files, and put 'em on a loop...?
As someone who suffers from severe noise induced tinnitus (15+ years of djing, clubbing, festival going and headphone use has a lot to answer for!) - this is great news. There is currently very little you can do treatment wise, I have been to see the top ENT specialists in the country and basically been told there is nothing they can really do for me. It will be interesting to see what NICE has to say about it, would be fantastic to be able to get the treatment on the nhs.