Scientists have made a breakthrough in the search to treat tinnitus, a hearing condition that leaves many rock fans with their ears ringing.
The condition is generally caused by excessive loud music, which can damage the inner ear and lead to sleep disorders and emotional problems.
Last year, one rock fan acquired tinnitus after forgetting his earplugs at a Them Crooked Vultures
gig. Tragically, the condition was so unbearable that he stabbed himself to death.
The good news is that researchers are seeing positive results on their year-long study which experimented with almost 500 tinnitus sufferers.
"The ground-breaking plan consists of behaviour therapy and combines elements of psychology and audiology,
" reports Science Daily. "It reduces the negative thoughts and feelings surrounding tinnitus and reduces symptoms through movement and relaxation exercises.
"This is supplements with elements from tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) which examines the problems on a sound-perception level.
The study found that the overall health of the patient improved and the severity of their condition decreased.
According to Classic Rock
, up to 15 percent of the world's population suffer from tinnitus, including rock legends like Pete Townshend
and Lars Ulrich
Have you been affected by tinnitus? Share your experience in the comments, and remember to take good care of your hearing when you rock out.