A lamp that gives out coloured light is being tested as a new treatment for tinnitus, a condition characterised by a ringing, buzzing or constant roar in the ears.
Researchers at the University of Leicester are testing this approach following a serendipitous discovery from earlier research with migraine patients who also happened to have tinnitus.
Using coloured lenses to treat their migraines also reduced their tinnitus. Further work found the coloured light reduced tinnitus symptoms in 40 per cent of the patients. Now the researchers are testing the treatment on a larger group.
An estimated six million people in the UK have tinnitus, with around 10 per cent of them seriously affected. This can have a detrimental effect on their quality of life and has been linked to depression, anxiety and sleeping problems.
Source - Daily Mail