A novel therapy to deal with tinnitus – an annoying false perception of buzzing in the ears – is sparking interest from around the globe.
Source: Denise Montgomery, University of Auckland. Photo: Billy Wong
When Professor Grant Searchfield put out a media release last August about some published research, he didn’t think he’d have to take a crash course in Spanish as a result.
Grant is Head of Audiology in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, and the research paper, about a prototype therapy for dealing with tinnitus, was published in Frontiers in Neurology. Nine months on, the paper was still in the top one percent of that journal’s articles viewed online.
“Breakthrough in search for tinnitus cure” went, as they say, gangbusters. It outlined the success of a trial of a prototype and asked people interested in taking part in further trials to email Grant.
By February, he had received around 2,000 emails from people interested in the trial.