Researchers in New Zealand believe a cure for tinnitus could come from an unlikely source - MDMA.
According to University of Auckland lecturers, early research has shown that a substantial number of sufferers of the condition, which causes constant ringing in the ear, claim their tinnitus went away after taking ecstasy.
University of Auckland postdoctoral fellow Daniel Spiegel said: "The initial idea came from some anecdotal evidence from a research clinic where some participants were quite frank and said that after taking ecstasy their tinnitus went away."
Discussion about whether MDMA could be a possible cure for tinnitus came from the International TRI Tinnitus Conference earlier this month.
University lecturer Grant Searchfield said: "There is no good research yet and that's something that we are hoping to do very soon." He reckons that trials to find a condition for tinnitus using MDMA could start by May.
"Tinnitus for a very long time has been a bit of a mystery, it's really only recently that we have begun to understand more about what causes it and what we can do to reduce it," Searchfield also said.