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Tinnitus Sounds Are Compensation For Hearing Loss.

Tinnitus is recognised as a symptom of an underlying and deteriorating noise induced hearing loss with possible physical causes ranging from high blood pressure/cholesterol and diabetes to middle ear infections/blockages or inner ear tumours.

 
PRLog - Oct. 14, 2011 - Hearing damage to the sensory cells of the inner ear, caused by exposure to excessively loud noise in the workplace is known to contribute to tinnitus, which can eventually lead to industrial deafness.

However, research reveals that the ringing/whistling/rushing sounds which are heard in the ear are created by the brain, trying to overcompensate for the hearing loss.

Trying to make up for the loss of hearing is a response to changes in our sound environment, e.g. silence, which may occur as a natural part of the ageing process, or more commonly as a result of exposure to long term or a sudden excessively loud noise.

Recent US medical research suggests that the absence of sound caused by loss of hearing to certain frequencies compels the brain to generate replacement sounds. It was found, that tinnitus occurs when the brain’s limbic system is unable to prevent the created sounds from reaching conscious auditory processing. Consequently, it is possible for anyone to suffer from  tinnitus and therefore, “hear” background electrical activity present in every nerve cell in the hearing pathways as a sound.

Although some areas of the auditory system may be more active than others, to some degree every neurone contributes to the final perception of tinnitus. The detection of electrical signals is not necessarily evidence of hearing damage, but “compensatory” activity produced by the brain, which occurs all the time in the auditory system of every human.  

Tinnitus can be a short term or permanent condition and chronic bouts can result in severe headaches, migraines, insomnia, and anxiety. As yet, there is no known cure for tinnitus, and most approaches to treating the condition are aimed at improving quality of life and lend support to helping victims recover health and sense of wellbeing.

More recent techniques include a “de-tinnitising” amplifier, a small battery-powered device used with earphones, which replaces high-pitched tinnitus with external sounds of the same frequency. The brain favours information-containing content over tinnitus, making the tinnitus sound redundant.

The use of sound therapy filters special recordings of classical music to stimulate the ear and brain. As the ear becomes more receptive, the high frequency sounds are relayed to the brain, reducing tiredness.

Medical scientists claim there is also a strong connection between tinnitus and nutrition, and a poor diet can accelerate and promote the condition. A fruit and vegetable juice diet is recommended, reducing sugar and increasing magnesium and potassium-rich food.

Visit http://www.hearinglossadvice.co.uk for more information and advice.

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