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Toddlers’ hearing can be checked by smartphone while future hearing aids could be battery-free. But people with tinnitus hear more than they wish.

Help is at hand thanks to a research team’s app which uses a chatbot to help people train their brains to ignore the unwanted noise.

Employing solution-focused behavioural therapy, users are encouraged to dispel negative associations with the sounds. It helps them accept their situation and reassert control.

The app also offers different types of sound therapy and an option to book video calls with psychology professionals.

In a clinical study spanning 8 weeks, 65% of 30 test subjects reported a significant improvement in their general wellbeing.

Infrared sensors, meanwhile, can provide an objective assessment of the condition

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