Hearing Loss And Tinnitus

  • Most people who have chronic tinnitus also have some degree of hearing loss.
  • The inner ear, and the middle ear can get damaged due to ageing, ear wax, heavy medication or extremely loud noise.
  • Most people with Tinnitus have the problem originating at the cochlear nerve level, making it ‘sensorineural’.
  • Stress and insomnia are other common side effects of Tinnitus.
  • Drugs like certain antibiotics, Aspirin, anticonvulsants, and antidepressants can spark or worsen the ringing in the ears.
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The problem of tinnitus happens when our ears hair cells get damaged due to ototoxic drugs or loud noise, and the brain circuits do not receive the expected signal, stimulating abnormal activity in the neurons.

People notice their tinnitus problem in places with low external noise. About 10 percent of tinnitus patients cannot bear the sound due to its volume and seek professional help. There is no cure for tinnitus, though some minimizing is possible.

Tinnitus: Non-Stop Ringing In The Ears
  • Tinnitus, the ringing or noise in the ears is annoying, and most of us experience it temporarily when we hear a loud noise.
  • Aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs also cause it to appear.
  • Chronic tinnitus, the one that lasts for more than six months, is a problem experienced by 50 to 60 million Americans.
  • Most cases are a personal noise experience, though other people can also hear the sound in some cases. Tinnitus is a diverse kind of problem and is more likely in older people.

It is a good idea to minimize being around constant loud noise or use earplugs/earmuffs. For those who are experiencing tinnitus, the following options are worth noting:

  1. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): A way to change a person’s awareness and behaviour to make the ringing sound less annoying.
  2. Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT): A similar therapy with advanced tools that are placed in the ear to mimic the ringing sounds.
  3. Masking: Hearing aid like devices that emit low-level white noise to mask the ringing sound.

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People with misophonia are affected emotionally by common sounds like breathing, chewing — usually ones that other people don’t pay attention to. Common sounds triggers anger and a desire to escape. It affects some worse than others and can lead to isolation, as people suffering from this condition try to avoid these trigger sounds. People who have misophonia often feel embarrassed and don’t mention it to healthcare providers. Nonetheless, misophonia is a real disorder and one that seriously compromises functioning, socializing, and ultimately mental health. It can usually appear around age 12



White noise

White noise is the sound of all the frequencies that humans can hear and is at the same intensity, such as a fan or crashing waves.

Around the globe, millions of people are downloading white noise apps in the hope of getting better sleep at night. However, research suggests that they don't work and that they even may make things worse.


Misophonia is a neurophysiological condition where people have an excessively negative reaction to specific sounds, like slurping, humming, tapping, typing, or texting.

Misophonia means "hatred of sound" and people with this condition are aware of their overreaction, but can't control their reaction.

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