The latest news in this battle is the Hearing Health Foundation’s recent expansion of its research and educational initiatives to target the causes, treatments and potential cures for tinnitus.
Between 25 and 50 million people in the U.S. experience the annoying ringing, buzzing, clicking and whooshing sounds in the ear that are symptoms of tinnitus. A high percentage of people with hearing loss are affected by tinnitus.
The Hearing Health Foundation has created a tinnitus resource center on its site that includes information about tinnitus and its causes, paths toward a possible cure for tinnitus, treatment options and coping strategies for those who suffer from it, and case histories illuminating how individuals suffering from tinnitus such as returning veterans and musicians have dealt with the condition. And the Summer 2013 issue of the foundation’s magazine, Hearing Health, is devoted almost entirely to “Tinnitus Explained, Treatments, Research and The Search for a Cure.”
At the same time, the foundation’s Hearing Restoration Project, which is outlining an ambitious agenda to cure hearing loss within a decade through research and new therapies — including promising research into possible regeneration of hearing hair cells — is looking at how hearing-loss cures might also be applied to curing tinnitus as well.