Charity Action on Hearing Loss has recently announced plans for a new study that will be conducted at Newcastle University.
The study will look into possible treatments for tinnitus, aiming to speed up their development.
The study is planned to last for three years at the university, and will work together with researchers from Leicester University and Autifony Therapeutics Ltd, a biotechnology company. Dr Mark Cunningham will be heading up the £300,000 study as lead researcher.
Tinnitus is a condition in that involves a ringing or buzzing sound in the ears affecting around six million adults in the UK. At present, there isn't a cure for this, but there are options for dealing with it on a day-to-day basis. This can include different forms of therapy and counselling.
In some cases, tinnitus can have a serious effect on quality of life, meaning this pioneering research could make a huge difference in testing new treatment options for those with the condition.
In the charity's article, Dr Ralph Holme, the head of biomedical research at Action on Hearing Loss, said: "Tinnitus is a debilitating condition for which there is no cure, but real progress is being made towards understanding the mechanisms behind the condition, giving us hope that effective treatments can be found."
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