Apple releases the results of its new study into tinnitus 

Apple and the University of Michigan have now released the preliminary findings from their Apple Hearing Study, focusing on tinnitus, the persistent ringing in the ears.

Understanding tinnitus has long been a challenge for scientists investigating the issue, as well as being a major concern for those affected by it and looking for ways to improve the symptoms.  

The study found that 77.6% of participants have experienced tinnitus at some point, 26.7% have symptoms at least once a week, and nearly 15% experience it daily. The condition is more common among older adults and men, who report more frequent episodes.

The study identified noise trauma as a primary cause of tinnitus. Many sufferers have damaged their hearing through loud music or workplace noise, and they often find it difficult to reverse the damage or manage their symptoms properly. 

While some have tried things like white noise machines or nature sounds, these methods don’t always work well, which shows that there’s an urgent need for further research and better solutions.

Apple acknowledges that it cannot reverse hearing damage but says that it aims to help prevent tinnitus through new, innovative technology. 

The Apple Hearing Study leverages data collected via the Apple Research app and Apple Watch, showcasing how wearable technology can contribute to large-scale health research.

For example, the Noise app on the Apple Watch helps users monitor their sound exposure to prevent noise-induced tinnitus, and Apple’s Headphone Notifications alert users when their volume levels may be harmful.

Apple added that this study is the beginning of its involvement in tinnitus research. Based on the initial findings, the company plans to further explore the factors contributing to tinnitus and how technology can aid in its management. Future research will focus on identifying root causes and treatments, potentially improving the quality of life for those affected by tinnitus.

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