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When I first developed tinnitus, I struggled tremendously. Being enrolled in a taxing educational program like Medical School didn’t help. In particular, it was extremely difficult to sleep – the noise of tinnitus prevented me from falling asleep in a timely manner. One thing that helped me was the usage of tinnitus masking.
We’ve tried to make our tinnitus masker as simple as possible. What’s the tinnitus masker price? Absolutely free, unlike some others on the market like vectormedia software tinnitus masker, or tinnitus masker pro.
Tinnitus Masking is playing an ambient background noise, such as the noise of rain or …
The short answer is:
1. Yes, sometimes.
I did a brief literature search for “tinnitus remission,” and it seems that there is a paucity of research on the question of spontaneous remission. When people pose the question “Does Tinnitus Go Away?” they are usually referring to instances where a person has developed chronic tinnitus lasting for several months, and are wondering if there is a chance of spontaneous resolution. Regrettably, I was unable to find any population based data on this question. In the case of a concertgoer or clubgoer who is suddenly experiencing tinnitus at 3AM having just left a loud …
Anyone with tinnitus can tell you that it’s hard to sleep with a loud noise going off inside your head. The ringing in your ears isn’t exactly conducive to falling unconscious. Many individuals feel the need to turn to fans or other masking noises in order to fall asleep.
Confirming these anecdotal reports, researchers have found a significant association between tinnitus and insomnia:
The study shows a significant association between insomnia and the severity of perceived tinnitus symptoms, with patients with insomnia reporting greater emotional distress from tinnitus.
It stands to reason that if tinnitus severity is reduced, then insomnia …
Imagine you’re writing an exam. You’re concentrating heavily on the material, weighing different variables in your mind, balancing equations, and remembering facts from 2:30 AM (which was six hours ago). Suddenly, a fire alarm goes off, and doesn’t stop screeching. It cuts into your ears, and the examiner looks at you.
“Thirty minutes left.”
You try to complete the test, but it’s difficult – the loud sound persists, distracting you, consuming valuable cognitive resources, wasting attention, sapping focus.
This is what it’s like to think with tinnitus. Indeed, many patients afflicted with tinnitus often comment on how they “hate quiet rooms” and have …
Add another one to the long list of musicians who’ve developed tinnitus from loud noise exposure. Chris Martin has tinnitus:
‘I’ve had tinnitus for about ten years, and since I started protecting my ears it hasn’t got any worse – touch wood.
‘But I wish I’d thought about it earlier.
‘Now [the band] always use moulded filter plugs, or in-ear monitors, to try to protect our ears.
This article highlights the importance of prevention, and the importance of prevention of worsening of tinnitus. Ideally, one would prevent noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus by protecting their hearing. However, even for …
Here is a link to an interesting abstract drawing a link between Tinnitus and PostTraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Researchers observed an interesting set of similarities between the way tinnitus and PTSD affect the auditory system:
Similarities between the way PTSD and tinnitus influence auditory behaviors include exaggerated startle responses and decreased loudness tolerance. Tinnitus loudness is often exacerbated by sounds that trigger PTSD-related anxiety.
This paper underscores the complexity of tinnitus: what once may have been viewed a simple problem affecting the ear has increasingly been shown to a highly complex pathological abnormality of the brain. As always, the scientific research on …
From time to time, it’s helpful to look to others for inspiration when we’re having difficulty coping with our tinnitus. Throughout history, many individuals have been afflicted with this condition, and although it poses severe challenges in going about daily life, they can be overcome. You’ll note that many of these celebrities with tinnitus are musicians – which is unsurprising, given that noise induced hearing loss is one of the leading causes of tinnitus. To be fair, many of these individuals were already successful by the time that they acquired tinnitus, but the take home message is that they didn’t …
The International Tinnitus Journal is a biannual peer reviewed publication that publishes articles on new research efforts in the study of tinnitus. What’s particularly good about this journal is that, unlike many other journals, their articles are free to view on-line. Check them out here!
The relationship between stress and tinnitus is an interesting one. The association between tinnitus and anxiety has been well documented. Certainly, this association appears to be causative, given the anecdotal evidence that chronic tinnitus creates a subjective perception of anxiety. In one of several studies that more clearly investigates the link between tinnitus and stress, researchers found that individuals with chronic tinnitus were less reactive to stress than their healthy control group peers. This reactivity to stress was demonstrated by a blunted increase in cortisol (an acute stress hormone) that is released by the body’s Hypothalamic Pituitary …
In an earlier post, we discussed the importance of determining whether or not your tinnitus is pulsatile, since pulsatile variants may be more amenable to successful treatment and cure. Here is a link to another article on pulsatile tinnitus (it’s a journal article, so you may have difficulty accessing the paper and not just the abstract). Why is the diagnosis of pulsatile tinnitus so important?
Pulsatile tinnitus is an uncommon symptom that often presents a diagnostic dilemma. Correct diagnosis is imperative because the majority of patients with this symptom have a treatable cause.
Furthermore, the article discusses the …