Tinnitus and Brain Decoupling Research

The Tinnitus Association of Canada website News & Views (July, 2010) discusses interesting new research looking at disorders (e.g. tinnitus, depression, chronic pain, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Parkinson’s, etc.) that may come from decoupling of two parts of the brain leading to cell activity firing out of synchrony.  The researcher (Rudolpho Llinas of the Medical School of N.Y.U.) has looked at implanted electrodes which can help re-establish synchronous brain activity (cell firing).  This has helped relieve some cases of drug-resistant disorders.  This is just another example of interesting work that could help move researchers closer to a cure for tinnitus.

Jan L. Mayes ©2010