Severity of tinnitus related to emotional processing

Found a study yesterday out of the University of Illinois that revealed not only that those who have tinnitus process emotional sounds differently than those who do not have tinnitus, but also that among those who have tinnitus, there are significant differences in which regions of the brain are used when processing emotions.

Although I’ve heard many times … you have it … I have it … they have it … tinnitus can manifest itself in many ways, each patient’s experience is unique.

While some aren’t bothered overly by their tinnitus, others experience a reduced quality of life negative consequences include depression, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, mood swings, irritability and even suicidal thoughts.

Mindful that tinnitus often accompanies hearing loss, treating your hearing loss can bring back the wonderful sounds of life, improve your relationships and help keep your mind sharp.

For some people who have both tinnitus and hearing loss, just wearing hearing aids can also alleviate tinnitus. An option maybe.

Curing Tinnitus

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When you have tinnitus -- or ringing in your ears -- many things can make those sounds worse. One of the most obvious is noise.

Do what you can to avoid it. Move farther away. Wear earplugs. Turn down the volume. Avoid noisy people even - friends & family aside.

Stress can also make the ringing seem louder. Find ways to relax and get it under control. If you know your blood pressure is high, get it checked often or, buy your own blood pressure monitor for home. Your doctor can help you control it.

Lack of sleep can trigger tinnitus or make it worse. Get your eight hours. Or try to.

Try cutting back on coffee or Coke / Pepsi (other Colas brands are available obviously) to see if the ringing gets better. Caffeine can also raise your blood pressure, which can bring on the ring in some people. Cut back and see if it helps.

Drinking can also boost your blood pressure, which can make you notice the ringing more. Cut back and see if that makes the ringing better.

Hope one or more of these work for you.