Some forms of tinnitus are associated with spontaneous nerve activity in the brain and this activity, for a time, is dependent on nerve signals generated in the inner ear, found the University of Western Australia researchers.
They believe it may be possible to treat tinnitus in the early stages by reducing these nerve signals from the ear, BBC News reported.
Much more research needs to be done, but "it is a very exciting prospect," said lead researcher Professor Don Robertson.
The study appears in the journal Neuroscience.
Personality Affects Med Students' Success: Study
Personality tests that measure five major traits can predict the success of medical school students, according to a new study.
It included 600 Belgian first-year medical students who completed a personality test that measured conscientiousness, agreeableness, extraversion, openness and emotional stability. Their progress was monitored for the next six years of medical school, United Press International reported.
"Our findings show that personality factors do have a predictive value as to the success rate of admitted medical students," Deniz Ones, of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, said in a news release. "Considering personality of applicants can be quite helpful to medical school admission programs."
The study appears in the Journal of Applied Psychology.
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