Anytime I hear (pun intended) that music is helping someone, I applaud. Music has been my saving grace from childhood traumas, through troubled teenage years in foster homes and devastating adult relationships. Yes, I would say that music is important to me.
This article in Scientific American brings hope to people suffering the effects of tinnitus.
"Loud, persistent ringing in the ears, known as tinnitus, can be vexing for its millions of sufferers. This perceived noise can be symptomatic of many different ills—from earwax to aging—but the most common cause is from noise-induced hearing loss, such as extended exposure to construction or loud music.
Many people with tinnitus might soon be able to find refuge in the very indulgence that often started the ringing in the first place: music. A new music-based therapy has shown promise in helping reduce the ringing's volume. Tinnitus loudness can be significantly diminished by an enjoyable, low-cost, custom-tailored notched music treatment.
The therapy might also get a boost from the simple pleasure of listening to good music. Joyful listening to music activates the reward system of the brain and leads to release of dopamine, which plays an important role in cortical reorganization."
This article in BBC News has supporting information.
Win-Win!! Music therapy. My kind of music.