New device turns headphones into tinnitus early warning system

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Cambridge-based electronics consultancy Plextek has created a hearing device that can be used in normal consumer headphones to create an early warning system for tinnitus. The condition that is often described as ‘ringing in the ears’ affects 300 million people globally and, according to the World Health Organization, 50 percent of all hearing issues would be preventable with primary invention. The device works by monitoring subtle changes to Auditory Evoked Potentials (AEP), a signal sent from the brain by an acoustical stimulus that measures an individual’s hearing ability levels. Users can sync the device with a smartphone app and be…

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