Excellent news for anyone who's attended way too many gigs over the years - there could be a simple cure for Tinnitus on the way.
If you're not quite sure what it is, Tinnitus is having a constant ringing or buzzing noise in your ears which could be caused by too much exposure to loud noises. Sounds annoying right?
Well researchers at the University of Arizona have been studying Tinnitus in mice, and have recently made a breakthrough which could leas to a cure in humans.
According to the study published in the journal PLOS Biology, blocking a specific protein that fuels brain inflammation in the mice stopped the condition in its tracks. They reckon that by disrupting the communication between neurons, they can stop brain inflammation which is thought to be a major contributing factor of Tinnitus.
Although it'll be a long way off before any animal trials can be transferred to humans, it's a great step in the right direction. The research team are hopeful their research will lead to a gene therapy to combat ringing in the ears and other hearing loss disorders, possibly even in a simple pill form.
So what they're saying is we should keep on partying because any damage will be able to be cured eventually right? Right...?