Do Cellular Mechanisms Cause The Onset Of Tinnitus?

There has been a lot of research on tinnitus, its causes and how to alleviate the problem. There thousands of sufferers all over the world looking are looking for a solution to this nagging problem that impacts their lives negatively.

There are many reasons and causes for tinnitus such as diet, sinusitis, TMJ syndrome, etc. However, researchers have discovered a new cause that has gone undetected for years.

Studies conducted at the he University of Leicester’s Department of Cell Physiology and Pharmacology have discovered that cellular mechanisms could be responsible for tinnitus.

This cellular mechanism could be the cause of the development of tinnitus that often follows the exposure to loud, jarring noises. This discovery is a breakthrough suggests the possibility of new options. There can be new drugs and unique tinnitus treatments to address the cause and symptoms of this condition.

Even as you read this, research is being done to create new drugs to help sufferers of this condition.

Tinnitus affects about 10 percent of the population. This is a large number of people. Literally in the millions. Yet, there are no drugs to treat it. There are natural, holistic methods that do offer relief but there is no medication that can be used to cure this condition.

People suffering from tinnitus can experience hearing loss or keep hearing phantom sounds such as ringing, buzzing or clicking noises. This often occurs in silence. That means they hear these noises when there is no external noise or white noise as it is often called.

Tinnitus itself has a multitude of causes but the most common one is exposure to extremely loud noise also known as acoustic over-exposure. Speculations by medical experts often state that this could be due to the damaged nerve cells that are connected to the ears.

Construction workers using a pile driver, lumberjacks working with chainsaws for long hours or even a teenager listening to his heavy metal music at full blast for hours are at risk of developing tinnitus.

Dr Martine Harmann, lead researcher for the tinnitus study, at the University of Leicester said: :”We need to know the implications of acoustic overexposure, not only in terms of hearing loss but also what’s happening in the brain and central nervous system. It’s believed that tinnitus results from changes in excitability in cells in the brain — cells become more reactive, in this case, more reactive to an unknown sound.”

During the study, Dr Harmann, and her team examined the cells in the dorsal cochlear nucleus? this is a relay that carries signals from nerve cells in the ear to the parts of the brain that decode and make sense of sounds. After exposure to loud noises, it was observed that some of the nerve cells (neurons) in the dorsal cochlear nucleus started to fire erratically. This erratic behavior of the cells leads to tinnitus in time.

Usually, these cells function normally by firing regularly and returning to a rest state automatically. However, once the potassium channels are not functioning normally, the cells are unable to return to a rested state and instead fire continuously off and on. This is exactly what creates constant noise even when there is none.

Although the cause has been identified and the possibilities of addressing tinnitus with early drug treatment have been opened up, this is just the beginning stages. Clinical trials are years away.

At the moment, it would be best to use natural methods to help with your tinnitus symptoms. In fact, thousands of people have reported curing their tinnitus by following natural treatment methods. Therefore, it would be highly advisable to give these methods a try first.

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