Wave of a wand cures snoring



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Snoring: Have scientists found the solution?

Sound waves could be a solution to snoring.

In a trial, a majority of patients were helped by a wand-like device that uses sound waves to stiffen the soft tissue of the palate that otherwise vibrates as the snorer sleeps.

Results show that seven out of ten people who underwent the 15-minute procedure had an improved quality of life.

Under a local anaesthetic, the radiofrequency device is inserted through the mouth and comes into contact with the soft tissue of the palate.

It uses sound energy to create a channel in the tissue, which, when it heals, is much smaller and stiffer and less likely to vibrate.

In the trial, at the University of Pittsburgh, the loudness of the snoring also fell by a third. 'Our findings suggest that this procedure can be an effective treatment for socially unacceptable snoring,' say the researchers.


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