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Health Tech: Headset Treats Tinnitus at Home

Almost everyone experiences a little ringing in their ears sometime, but tinnitus can be debilitating for some people. A new treatment may offer help.

Tinnitus is a condition that results in ringing or buzzing sounds in a patient’s hearing. Research indicates that it may be caused by neural damage rather then problems with the inner ear structures used for hearing. An Australian company, Cleanhearing, has created a headset that generates electromagnetic pulses into the brain. This pain-free treatment is designed to encourage natural healing and regrowth of nerve tissue in the auditory cortex and temporal parts of the brain. The device is intended for home use; patients use a handheld controller to manage the preprogrammed treatments. It also can play therapeutic music, relaxation sounds, or other sounds during the treatments. A companion app lets patients keep a diary of their sessions to track the treatment. The device has been cleared in Europe with CE mark approval as a Class IIa medical device.

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Written by Alfred Poor

Alfred Poor is an "Into Tomorrow" Contributing Correspondent, health tech speaker, writer and the founding Editor of Health Tech Insider: a website and industry newsletter that covers wearable and mobile technology for health and medical applications. With more than 2,400 articles published on the site, he has a broad perspective of where the global industry stands today and where it’s headed... Into Tomorrow.

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