This Is Fascinating: The Brain: “Ringing in the Ears” Actually Goes Much Deeper Than That

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    1. Kelvin

      Kelvin Member Benefactor

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      June 2016
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      Dental Work
      Research on tinnitus has shown that it’s rooted in the very way we process and understand sound.

      In some of the world’s oldest medical texts—papyrus scrolls from ancient Egypt, clay tablets from Assyria—people complain about noise in their ears. Some of them call it a buzzing. Others describe it as whispering or even singing. Today we call such conditions tinnitus. In the distant past, doctors offered all sorts of strange cures for it. The Assyrians poured rose extract into the ear through a bronze tube. The Roman writer Pliny the Elder suggested that earthworms boiled in goose grease be put in the ear. Medieval Welsh physicians in the town of Myddfai recommended that their patients take a freshly baked loaf of bread out of the oven, cut it in two, “and apply to both ears as hot as can be borne, bind and thus produce perspiration, and by the help of god you will be cured.”​

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    2. emmalee
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      emmalee Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      Quite an interesting article, Kelvin. Thanks for posting it.

      There is much truth in the last paragraph......

      "Solving the mystery of tinnitus will probably get even more urgent in years to come. Traffic, iPods, and other features of modern life may cause more hearing damage, hence more tinnitus. But if a real cure ever comes, it will probably not be a single silver bullet. It will instead attack the tinnitus network from top-down and bottom-up. For now, though, you should probably skip the hot bread on the ears."

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