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Silence that ringing in your ears

I’ve got a neighbor who would put Felix Unger to shame.

The moment a leaf drops, he’s out there with his leaf blower — sometimes right during the football game.

Doesn’t this guy have any sense of decency?

But at least he turns it off… eventually.

Millions of Americans, especially older folks, are battling a noise they CAN’T turn off — and that’s the ringing in the ears of tinnitus.

This endless noise can literally ruin your life and your health, because when it’s going full blast you can’t even hear yourself think. You can’t concentrate… can barely carry on a conversation… and forget about trying to get some shuteye.

But if you’ve got a buzz that’s driving you batty, I’ve got something you’re going to LOVE — in every sense — because new research finds the “love hormone” can finally turn down the ringing.

It’s called oxytocin. No, not oxycontin. That’s the dangerous pain pill — and you definitely don’t want to mix these two up.

Oxytocin is a gentle hormone known to awaken good feelings, thus its nickname.

Let’s not get crazy; it’s not going to turn a disagreeable old coot into a peace-loving hippie. But it certainly can make you feel good — and the new study finds it can make you feel even better by shutting down the ringing of tinnitus.

In a series of experiments, 17 older folks battling tinnitus were given either an oxytocin spray or a placebo spray to squirt in the nostrils, then were checked 30 minutes later and again 24 hours afterward.

The hormone spray won hands-down (or maybe nostrils-up) — because in both cases, the folks who got the real deal reported fewer symptoms than the ones who squirted the placebo spray.

The researchers of course gave the usual don’t-try-this-at-home blah-blah-blah, and it was a small study. Sure, we need more research.

But why NOT try this at home?

The only roadblock is that oxytocin is not widely available and the stuff that IS out there is often from shady overseas sources — so if you want to give a shot, talk to a doc first and see if he can hook you up.

Of course, there’s also another, easier way to get it… and it won’t cost you a penny.

Your body can make its own oxytocin, which it releases during orgasm.

There’s no study that I’m aware that finds sex can ease tinnitus, but feel free to do some research of your own.

If nothing else, you’ll get a pleasant distraction from your tinnitus.

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