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BBC Local Live: Updates from Merseyside on Tuesday 2 September – BBC News

Our Senior Audiologist, Gemma Twitchen, was invited onto the BBC Breakfast sofa to discuss what tinnitus sounds like, how it can be avoided and how best to cope if the condition is affecting your life. The cell protein they have identified could have a host of applications even in other parts of the body. They appeared about once or twice a year and got worse towards the end – the last one “flattened” me for about 12h with a few days recovery after that. “This has profound implications for the understanding and treatment of tinnitus, as we now know it is not encoded like normal sound, and may not be treatable by just targeting a localized part of the hearing system,” adds study co-leader Phillip Gander, PhD, postdoctoral research scholar…


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According to WHO, 8 lakh people lose their life to suicide each year — one person every 40 seconds, and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt again. Vivienne Michael, Chief Executive of Deafness Research UK, reflects this point: the death of Robert McIndoe is not the first suicide associated with tinnitus and we are determined not to surrender, life creates hell with symptoms. However, she had never been interested in seeking help. Some call it “ringing in the ears”, but that’s just too cute a description for such a horrible affliction. You can’t really say one is the consequence of the other. The vast majority of people with suicidal thoughts do not carry them out to their conclusion There are about 30,000 suicides each year in…