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Spectral Tinnitus Relief Therapy invention from the University of Leicester takes pride of place at Make it in Great Britain exhibition at the Science Museum
Posted on 15/08/2012
University of Leicester
A University of Leicester innovation is currently enjoying pride of place in an exhibition that showcases the very best of British manufacturing at the Science Museum in London.
In an initiative led by Enterprise and Business Development, the Spectral Tinnitus Relief Therapy was selected as a finalist in the Make it in Great Britain Challenge, a competition to find the most innovative pre-market products, processes and concepts being developed in the UK. Starting 14th August, this invention will be on display for one week in the Make it in Great Britain exhibition at the Science Museum in London.
Visitors to the six-week exhibition will be invited to vote on their favourite Make it in Great Britain Challenge finalist. The winners from each weekly vote will feature together in the final week of the exhibition, and one will be voted overall winner. The vote is also open online, so those who can’t make it to the exhibition in person can still show their support for their favourite finalist by voting www.bis.gov.uk/makeitingreatbritain
Alongside the Challenge finalists, the exhibition features exhibits from iconic companies including Mars, McLaren, Airbus, The Royal Mint and Sunseeker, as well as leading small and medium businesses like Ultra Global.
Business Minister Mark Prisk said:
“The UK is full of creative manufacturing expertise, and I’m delighted that we are able to celebrate some of the best pre-market ideas through the Challenge. I’d urge the public to cast their vote on who they would like to win.”
Tinnitus affects 10% of the Western population and is increasingly experienced by young people, due to earphone noise. Currently, there are no universally accepted treatments for tinnitus. Cognitive and sound based therapies have had limited success and drugs already trialled can often have unwanted side effects. A team from the University of Leicester has worked with Orthoscopics Ltd and University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust to develop a technology that can be potentially used by patients to combat tinnitus. The innovation stems from research showing that exposure to tinted light, tailored specifically to the individual patient, appeared to provide acute relief from tinnitus symptoms in 40% of sufferers in the trial .In partnership with the University Space Research Centre, the team is developing a light-based treatment for tinnitus, suitable for consumer use.
To find out more about the finalists and to cast your vote, please visit the Make it in Great Britain website: www.bis.gov.uk/makeitingreatbritain
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