Thanks so much for thinking to share this information.
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Good news if you are a rat, certainly. I remember hearing a researcher who had developed a promising cancer treatment in rats saying, "All I'm wiling to claim is that if you're a rat with certain cancers, we've got something very promising to offer you." Too often, these advances don't translate across species; I wish the science press would be more cautious, sometimes.
As a mild sufferer, I'll hope this one works for rats and humans!
Interesting. How do they know rats are suffering tinnitus?
Well, it's known that tinnitus is caused by false signals from the nerves in the ear to the brain. I would assume that they create the tinnitus in the same way that humans develop it - by loud noise, and that they have some way of measuring the nerve impulses in question both before and after treatment. But I agree, it would be nice if they had told us that. It is, however, only a news story not a journal article.
Here is a link to a news clip that recently aired in Philadelphia on tinnitus:
Listen towards the end of the clip...