Technology & Health

These brain-stimulating earbuds could ease pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis

Technology and Health

These brain-stimulating earbuds could ease pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis

A company called Nēsos is exploring the use of an earbud that would send an electrical current through the inner ear in an effort to reduce inflammation and pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that causes joints to swell and bones to wear down. An electrical current travels through the auricular branch of the vagus nerve and ultimately targets a pathway in the brain that controls inflammation.

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