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Psychiatrist For Tinnitus

For people who live with tinnitus, the world is a place that never gives them peace. The ringing in their ears is always with them, and it can make their lives pretty miserable. Tinnitus is not a rare condition either. There are an estimated 50 million people suffering with tinnitus in the United States, and many of them despair of getting helpful treatment. The problem is that there is no medication that can be used to treat tinnitus. However, research has shown that many tinnitus sufferers can find relief from by seeking the help of a psychiatrist for tinnitus.

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Celebrities With Hyperacusis

Hyperacusis is a disorder that causes a person to be oversensitive to certain volume ranges and frequencies of sounds. People who have this disorder may have trouble tolerating everyday sounds. This disorder is often caused by frequent exposure to loud noise. However, hyperacusis can be also be caused by an ear injury, head injury or adverse drug reaction.

Most people who have hyperacusis also suffer from tinnitus, which causes ringing in the ears. There are many celebrities with hyperacusis. Below is a list of famous people who have this disorder:

Stephin Merritt

Stephin Merritt is the lead singer of a band called The … Continue Reading

Tinnitus Sounds

A person’s tinnitus tone is a unique entity. As far as we know, people’s tones vary across a broad spectrum of human hearing in frequency.

Some tones are simple sine waves, which sound like “pure tones,” and they look like this on a graph:

sine wave

Other tones sound like static “broadband” noise that is centred at a high frequency, which looks like this:

BB noise

Still other tinnitus tones sound even more different. These sounds include whooshing noises, rustling sounds, and sounds that are difficult to … Continue Reading

Notched Sound Therapy – How Strong is the Evidence, Really?

For the average person with tinnitus, making sense of the scientific literature on treatments is a difficult task. Without having a background in statistics or the critical appraisal of scientific papers, it’s easy to be persuaded by the efficacy of a multitude of treatments. Navigating this space is made even more difficult by the fact that the internet is flooded with misinformation and marketing copy on treatments that are demonstrably useless.

The tinnitus sound therapy space is a particularly confusing one. You have multiple commercial providers hawking their particular brand of sound therapy, many of them promising significant benefits with studies that … Continue Reading

Homeopathy is not effective for treating any condition, study finds

Highly relevant for those of us who have been duped by homeopathic “treatments” for tinnitus.

Reminder: homeopathy is just diluted water + magical thinking.

Article here:
Homeopathy is not effective for treating any health condition, Australia’s top body for medical research has concluded, after undertaking an extensive review of existing studies.

Homeopaths believe that illness-causing substances can, in minute doses, treat people who are unwell.

By diluting these substances in water or alcohol, homeopaths claim the resulting mixture retains a “memory” of the original substance that triggers a healing response in the body.

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William Shatner on depression

William Shatner is one of the more well known celebrities that suffers from tinnitus. He’s also a good case study on how to overcome the depression associated with tinnitus and to combat the psychological distress it can cause you.

Shatner first got his tinnitus when he was exposed to a loud explosion on the set of Star Trek. This, presumably, caused some high frequency hearing loss, which in turn triggered his tinnitus. After getting tinnitus, he suffered from terrible mood issues, and had difficulty sleeping. Eventually, however, it seems that he was able to habituate to the sound and adapt to … Continue Reading

AM101 Tinnitus

A lot of people are interested in the AM-101 medication for tinnitus. Here’s a roundup of some of the posts I’ve written on it:

Normal Audiogram Tinnitus

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Personalized Masking CD for Tinnitus

In order to create a personalized masking CD for Tinnitus, simply check out our masking sounds here. They can be downloaded and you can burn them manually onto a CD.

However, if you want to actually lower the volume of your tinnitus, I suggest trying out Notched Sound Therapy, which can actually lower the volume of your tinnitus, instead of just making it.

Take care!


New Research on Notched Music, Part 2

An interesting paper, also out of the original German research group headed by Dr. Christo Pantev, experimented with an interesting question: could the efficacy of Notched Music Therapy be increased by combining it with the direct application of transcranial current? Unfortunately, the study did not find that adding a component of transcranial current to the auditory therapy increased its efficacy.

A similar model of combining specific auditory stimulation with direct brain stimulation is being trialed with Vagal Nerve Therapy, which involves implanting a transponder onto the vagal nerve, and is obviously much more invasive.

The link to the … Continue Reading