When the team checked the nerve responses to different tones, the tinnitus had disappeared in rats exposed to the tones and nerve stimulation, but it persisted in a group of control animals.
“Unlike previous treatments, we’re not masking the tinnitus. We are eliminating the source of the tinnitus,” Michael Kilgard of the University of Texas-Dallas, who worked on the study, said in a statement.
MicroTransponder is developing a wireless medical device to stimulate the vagus nerve and hopes to test it in people later this year.

I’d gladly be their guinea pig.

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  1. Wow, you’ve got tinnitus too? I don’t know about you, but I totally understand why Van Gogh cut off his own ear. Anything to get rid of it!

    Where do we sign up to be guinea pigs?

  2. Me, too!!

    I’m going to follow this story closely.

    I wonder if there is a downside the rats aren’t talking about. I guess it depends on how they stimulate the nerve.

    Hmmm, Wikipefia, here I come – vagus nerve…

  3. I see my otologist in a few weeks … I’m going to try and remember to mention this. Not that they will be doing anything with the general public any time soon, but if they DID want another guinea pig I really would be willing. I think.