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Tinnitus and Suicide

The topic of tinnitus and suicide is a complex one. I’ve taken a look at some of the information I could find and I think the following points are reasonable:

  • Establishing a causal relationship between cases of tinnitus and suicide is methodologically extremely difficult, and likely impossible. We know that people who are prone to anxiety and depression are more likely to develop tinnitus, we know that tinnitus can precipitate anxiety and depression, and we have cases of individuals who claim to have been driven to suicide over their tinnitus. However, an act of suicide is a complex event with multiple … Continue Reading

AM-101 Tinnitus Results

Some of you may be aware of a new drug in development for the treatment of acute tinnitus acquired due to noise trauma. Noise trauma actually kills inner ear hair cells not via direct physical trauma, but via excitotoxicity from an increase in glutamate neurotransmitters. The AM-101 drug is designed to specifically counteract this process. Results of experiments thus far have provoked qualified interest. I’m paraphrasing here, but the idea seems to be preventing the “centralization” of the recurrent neural feedback loops that are theorized to result in chronic tinnitus by restoring the peripheral input to the ear … Continue Reading

Another Tinnitus Forum

I think some forums can provide a good resource for people who suffer from tinnitus. They can act as a source of information as well as alleviate the sensation of isolation that people with tinnitus suffer. Previously I posted about Tinnitus Talk, which in my opinion, is the best internet forum on the internet. However, some of you may also be interested in checking out some other forums as well.

Here’s a link to the English section of MyTinnitus.de, which has mostly German users. The user interface is a bit old but some people still post on there. You … Continue Reading

McMaster is Running A Music Therapy for Tinnitus Study

Good news! If you’re in the Hamilton area, McMaster University (my former alma mater) is running a trial of a customized music therapy for tinnitus. Could it be Notched Music Therapy? We’ll have to wait and see!
McMaster University is currently running a study to test if a customized sound therapy can reduce a person’s tinnitus after several months of use. Because everyone’s tinnitus is different, we will provide participants with a customized music-based therapy tailored to their tinnitus. We will also provide participants withtheir own MP3 player and headphones, so that they can listen to the music they receive whenever and wherever … Continue Reading

An App That Can Help You With Meditation

Here on AudioNotch, I’ve blogged in the past about how meditation can help you with your tinnitus. I just wanted to point out two resources that can help you meditate.

Hope … Continue Reading

Tinnitus Masking Sound Generator: An Example of An Unnecessary Product

Check out the $100 tinnitus masking sound generator available here:
The Tinnitus Masking Sound Generator will make use of similar masking therapy which has been recommended by otolaryngologists and the American Tinnitus Association. The dozen tracks will incorporate specific white-noise frequencies (1,000-10,000 Hz) so that tinnitus sufferers can pick from the specific sound which offers the most effective level of relief. Such digital recordings can be played non-stop or at 30-, 60-, or 90-minutes intervals. Not only that, there will also be another 12-track card of pleasant nature and relaxation sounds including ocean surf and wind chimes … Continue Reading

Tinnitus Focused CBT Can Help You Cope With Tinnitus

Obviously, it’s not a cure, but a new article in CNN referencing a new variant of CBT for tinnitus has shown efficacy in reducing subjective distress caused by tinnitus:
The study, conducted in the Netherlands, involved 492 patients. Half received an audiological work-up and no other structured treatment, while the other half received integrated care, including tinnitus-focused cognitive behavioral therapy.

The therapy included having patients perform mundane, everyday tasks, while being exposed to whatever sound is associated with their tinnitus.

“People usually avoid their own sound,” said Cima.  “So they practice paying attention to their sound and what reactions they’re having because … Continue Reading

Very Cool Research on Hearing

Incredible research from Johns Hopkins supports our anecdotal observations that being blind can improve your other senses:
Music experts often say that blind performers like Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder are good examples of how not being able to see can enhance one’s ability to hear. Now, a new neuroscience study appears to support this – it found preventing sight for as little as a week may be enough to help the brain process sound more effectively.

Read the article – the brain is just amazing!

The Psychological Devastation of Tinnitus

The mood disorders that can result after the onset of tinnitus are devastating for many people. I believe that some people are more predisposed than others to developing a crippling depression after the onset of tinnitus. There are likely a set of vulnerabilities in certain peoples’ brains that make them more vulnerable to experiencing psychological distress after the onset of tinnitus. Tinnitus is a challenge because it’s “always there,” and a cursory review of material on-line shows how easily some people can be pushed into psychological devastation. Consider the following anecdote:
TORMENTED by a constant piercing ringing in … Continue Reading

How to Help a Child With Tinnitus: Birdsongs

Dealing with children who have developed tinnitus is a challenge. There’s just not that much data out there in the scientific literature about how to help them. An eleven year old boy in the UK had particularly difficulty with insomnia:
An 11-year-old with severe tinnitus is finally able to get a good night’s sleep after discovering listening to birds relieves his symptoms.

Leo Bamford has suffered from the condition – which leaves him with a constant high-pitched ringing in his ears – since he was a toddler. 

Every night the noise kept him awake for hours and left him tired and … Continue Reading