So my ear is making noises, maybe it's my nerve, maybe it's my brain. Doctors don't know how to tell yet, until now! Through a process called Auditory Nerve Sedation neurologist are able to temporarily numb the auditory nerve while the patient is still awake. By using this technique, tinnitus researchers and patients now have a way to finally know the actual location of their damage and proceed with the proper treatment. If the patient continues to perceive tinnitus after the nerve has been numbed then it can be assumed the tinnitus is either coming from the brain or the other ear/nerve. If the patient experiences a relief from their tinnitus upon sedating the nerve then it is clear that the damage lies within the ear/nerve. This is relevant for future treatments which will be able to specifically target each individual part of the ear and nerve, or in the case of vestibular nerve section.