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It’s not the tone, it’s the brain’s reaction to the tone

Written by AudioNotch Team on May 01, 2014

Categories: Tinnitus Research

The suffering caused by an everpresent tinnitus tone can be broken down into various subcomponents:

  • The loss of concentration from the tone itself
  • Anxiety caused by the tone
  • Depression caused by the tone
  • Psychological distress caused by the tone
  • Insomnia caused by the tone

The tone itself is just a tone – it’s the consequences that cause harm, like deficits in working memory or the activation of the amygdala’s fear response.

New research suggests that people with “neurotic” personality traits are more vulnerable to distress caused by tinnitus:


Previous research has suggested that a substantial proportion of the population are severely affected by … Continue Reading

Tinnitus and Neuroticism, Part 2

Written by AudioNotch Team on October 02, 2013

We’ve posted on a similar tinnitus study in the past linking neuroticism as a personality trait to tinnitus. Now, a new press article summarizes some of the findings in a more accessible framework:
People with ‘neurotic’ tendencies are more likely to be troubled by their tinnitus, a new study involving researchers at The University of Nottingham, has found.
The research, led by academics at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit, found that those who were lonely, worried or anxious, miserable or experiencing mood swings … Continue Reading