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University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences researchers are studying improvements to an experimental treatment of ringing in the ears, a condition known as tinnitus, and are recruiting those with symptoms for the study.

The study involves transcranial magnetic stimulation, a noninvasive treatment which has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat migraines and depression, UAMS said in statement.

Prior studies have shown that transcranial magnetic stimulation reduces tinnitus symptoms in about 50 percent of patients and is well tolerated with no significant side effects, Dr. John Dornhoffer, a co-investigator in the study, said.

The study will enroll 60 men and women from ages 19 to 89 who have experienced mild to moderate tinnitus with mild to moderate hearing loss or no loss for the past six months, the university said.

Those interested in participating are asked to call (501) 526-7988 or email gjbrown@uams.edu.

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