Friday 30 September 2016

Clinical trial for tinnitus sufferers

Published 10/05/2016 | 02:30

Anyone who suffers tinnitus is being invited to take part in a clinical trial in Dublin later this year
Anyone who suffers tinnitus is being invited to take part in a clinical trial in Dublin later this year

People diagnosed with tinnitus can suffer a buzzing, ringing or hissing sound that varies in pitch. Around 45,000 in Ireland are affected by the condition in one or both ears, with no obvious cause of the problem.

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Anyone with tinnitus is now being invited to take part in a clinical trial overseen by Brendan Conlon, a consultant ear surgeon in St James's Hospital in Dublin.

The aim is to improve treatment by testing different settings in a medical device.

The trial, which will take until November at the Research and Innovation Hub, will involve use of the device at home for one hour a day for a period of 12 weeks.

In addition to using the device at home, those who qualify will also attend St James's Hospital for five visits, spread out of over 26 weeks.

Mr Conlon said he hoped it will lead to ways of delivering more targeted and effective treatments. It was welcomed by the Tinnitus Association of Ireland.

Tinnitus sufferers who want to take part can register at tinnitustrials.ie.

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