Tinnitus mapped inside human brain

Tinnitus mapped inside human brain

25 April 2015
Tinnitus is occasionally a discussion topic here, with good reason.

Here is a new development in medical research in which, "for the first time, signals relating to the constant ringing noise of tinnitus have been mapped across the brain of a patient undergoing surgery".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32414876

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It would have been more encouraging if there was just a small area of the brain involved. Since they mapped so many areas it doesn’t bode well for a remedy using electrode stimulation or something along those lines. I just guess I’ll have to put up with my 10.2Khz sawtooth wave until I’ve left this mortal coil.

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An interesting article, and I looked at the link to the study too.

I have bad tinnitus myself, and I’m aware of the treatments (habituation by masking, etc). I wonder if the results of this study will prompt any thoughts on new tinnitus treatments.

Good also to see that two neuroscientists were commenting (as opposed to the usual raft of ENT / audiology folk).

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Tinnitus is no fun. With me it comes and goes, sometimes more and sometimes less, but it never completely goes away. Picture having a high pitched ringing in your ears, continuously.

To those of you youngsters reading this, be careful about the amount of noise that you expose your ears to. Noise can come from many different sources. And the damage could become permanent.

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I have a wooshing kind of sound in one ear which seems to be due to an infection or something that hasn’t yet been pinned down. Plus problems with pain on that side of my face. Doctors, sinus specialists, dentists, have all been looking into it. Next step, some sort of dental specialist. Not fun.

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I suffer from tinnitus too, and at present cope by masking it at night with a white noise machine, sometimes topped up by YouTube videos of thunderstorms & birdsong. (During the day, I’m able to ignore it.)
So thanks for posting this, Trevor: every addition of knowledge is a good thing.

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I’ve had Tinnitus from my earliest childhood memories. I describe it to my docs as the sound of water running through a pipe. Very high pitched and annoying. Loud noises and instruments probably contributed as I got older, but it’s always been there. I sympathise with anyone who suffers from it, maybe with the research being done, one day there’ll be effective and lasting treatment.

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My tinnitus seems to come and go depending on how tired I am..of course once asleep I’m not aware of it or anything else.

Probably one of the oddest articles I’ve ever read on the subject involved a woman who had it and claimed it could work as a kind of barometer in forcasting her moods and the moods of others . She seen it as a good thing. In the article she never elaborated on just how it did this. And of course, everything we read on the internet is true… I read online that Abraham Lincoln himself said so.

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I thought that it came and went for some reason. Now I am not so sure. It may be that I just stop focussing on it.

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I’ve posted about tinnitus here before. I’ve had tinnitus for over 25 years and I have it 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. You may be different, but I will not go to a tinnitus support group. Putting tinnitus into focus in that way would hinder me, not help. As soon as I start thinking about tinnitus it gets worse. The fact is that you can put tinnitus on the backburner. You can blank it out so that it doesn’t bother you. It’s a very difficult thing to explain, but the experts often talk of "tuning it out". The first thing you need to do is to accept that you’ve got it, probably for ever, and that there is simply no point in letting it drive you bonkers as you really do have just the one life. If you’re getting on a bit like I am (coming up 64), you may well have some hearing loss too (I have). Like me, you may not realise this until you go to an audiologist to get tested. I went because of the tinnitus, but was shocked to discover that my main problem was actually the loss of my high frequencies. The tiny hearing aids I now wear (free on the NHS - for now) not only put those frequencies back but they also suppress the tinnitus by a large amount. If you think you have tinnitus, get some medical advice and see an audiologist.

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I sent my post twice. Apologies.

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My tinnutis is constant but varies in volume from day to day and even hour to hour. After 59 years, I have learned to tune it out most of time, at all but the most egregious volumes. It also helps to have background noise to mask it and (probably more importantly) to distract my mind from it, so I play music almost all the time in my office and cars. A good excuse to saturate myself with quality ITM. But I do need to go see the audiologist (I already know I have significant high-frequency hearing loss); I just keep putting it off.

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Definitely go to the audiologist or better still a tinnitus therapist and have it checked out - there are so many advances now when it comes to tinnitus but to begin they will check for wax and hearing loss as both can contribute to tinnitus - I work in this environment and we have had fantastic results where tinnitus is concerned - no call to suffer anymore for a lot of people!!

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Yes, best to get it checked out. However, the answer (as in my case) is often that everything is ‘normal’ and nothing can be done - except by becoming habituated to it and not dwelling on it or letting it bother you.

At first, I found that very difficult. But now I cope by not letting it bother me during the day, and at night I have a white-noise machine that I bought from the British Tinnitus Association - I became a member and find their ‘Quiet Magazine’ moderately helpful. I went away to a guesthouse with my husband last week and the white-noise machine worked well. You can have it with speakers under the pillow - my ‘best setting’ is with one speaker in the open and the other under my pillow.

I always play my fiddle with earplugs in both ears now, by the way.

Good luck, @An Draighean.

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Widex do a great wee product called the zen which clips onto the ear for during the day use - not trying to sell the product but do know a lot of people who have had a lot of relief from it so just passing it on - if you want to contact someone to discuss it just let me know and I can give you the details of the company I work with

Bernie