Chronic tinnitus can be caused by a variety of things, from impacted ear wax to medications that damage nerves in the ear, middle ear infection, and even aging. When chronic tinnitus is caused by a definable problem, like ear wax or grinding your teeth at night or taking aspirin, addressing that problem will often turn down the volume. If money is no issue, you can buy devices worn like hearing aids that generate low-level white noise. It seems that I hear the ringing in my ears more when I am around the computer or the television. In the past research has shown that caffeine can aggravate tinnitus – characterised by noise in the ear. But this month a clinical trial at the University of Valencia in Spain will seek to establish whether by giving up the buzz in your life you will also banish it from your ear. If you are under the impression that this nerve is a simple tree with a few terminal branches in various organs, you need to take a closer look. Different stimuli can be used to cancel out or mask the tinnitus, and nail down what frequencies it operates at. Rather than an instantaneous neural reprogramming that short-circuits undesirable sounds and perceptions, the vagal implant is more like braces for the brain. I’ll just keep using my suppressor and won’t have to worry about this.