This health video will focus on sound help for the ears and how one soothing noise may do away with a frustrating ringing in the ears.
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Dr. Dean Edell: Growing up on a farm left Bill Landers with a lifetime of memories. Bill Landers: I drove my first tractor at 7. I had my first major wreck at 13. Dr. Dean Edell: The loud farm equipment may also be what left him with a lifetime of tinnitus. Bill Landers: There is a continual, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, buzzing going on in my, really I notice it more in my right ear than my left ear. Dr. Dean Edell: Now, he hopes another sound will quiet the noise. University of Iowa Audiologist Rich Tyler is studying whether music can help tinnitus. Dr. Rich Tyler: What we are trying to do is to move the people from the group that are seriously disabled by tinnitus into a group where they are not bothered by it. Dr. Dean Edell: One theory is that the condition is caused by abnormal brain activity. Tyler says music may impact that. Dr. Rich Tyler: There is a chance that, through extended period of listening strategies, that the pattern that is responsible for the tinnitus in the brain might actually be broken up. Dr. Dean Edell: Bill says it's helped him. Bill Landers: It distracts yourself and refocuses away from that continual buzzing. Dr. Dean Edell: I am Dr. Dean Edell.