Written by Angie Aspinall on .

Researchers in Sweden have discovered a gene that may be used to prevent tinnitus, according to Science Daily.

Researchers studied a ‘glutamate transporter’– a protein that removes glutamate where neural communication occurs – to determine how it is connected to tinnitus, and other problems such as seizures.

By identifing the molecules behind tinnitus, researchers see it as a first step toward finding a treatment to silence the phantom noises.

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