Researchers find antidepressant may reduce or even cure tinnitus.
The surprising discovery was made by a team of researchers from Sahlgrenska Sjukhuset in Gothenburg. The team tested 80 people with tinnitus. Half of them were given the antidepressant Zoloft. The other half was administered a placebo.
All the patients taking the antidepressant reported improvement in their tinnitus symptoms, such as high pitched ringing in their ears and trouble sleeping or concentrating. A few even reported that their condition was cured.
Kajsa-Mia Holgers, who headed the study, believes that the discovery is significant.
â€I think this is an extremely important development, bringing hope to many people with severe tinnitus,â€ she told the Swedish Expressen newspaper.
Details of the study will be published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology.
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