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Acoustic Shock or Acoustic Trauma?

Acoustic trauma and Acoustic Shock are separate and distinct conditions resulting from exposure to loud sounds. Acoustic trauma (AT) is a physical injury to the hearing mechanism of the inner ear. AT results from exposure to sounds loud enough to cause physical damage to delicate structures within the cochlea. AT may follow a single exposure…

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Tinnitus Tips For Relief

Although there are a many health conditions that can cause or worsen tinnitus, many times there is no known cause. Often finding a cure can be equally frustrating. Luckily, there are techniques that can bring some relief to people who suffer with this condition. Use the methods outlined in this article to find an approach…

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Tinnitus and Fear

Millions of adults worldwide experience tinnitus. Of these, approximately 25% suffer greatly from it. Why? Or just as importantly, how do 75% of the people with tinnitus not suffer from it? How can one person seem to simply ignore the noise inside his or her head, while another finds it nearly impossible to carry on…

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TRT–Tinnitus Retraining Therapy

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) relieves suffering from tinnitus in approximately 85% of trainees, but it requires 12 to 18 months to become effective. Developed in the 1980s by Dr. Pawel Jastreboff at the University of Maryland, this therapy works through a process called habituation. TRT consists of two closely integrated and equally essential parts: A) …

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Tinnitus and Noise Exposure

This article focuses on the relationship of noise exposure and the development of tinnitus–ringing in the ears. The hearing mechanism is very delicate in all animals. Also called the auditory or audio-vestibular system, this system is generally thought to be composed of three parts. In actuality, there are four. 1. The External ear consists of…

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Hyperacusis and Tinnitus: Silence Is Not Always Golden

For individuals with a decreased tolerance for sound, the auditory system actually becomes more sensitive to external sounds—that is, it “strains” to hear sound until it perceives any sound as louder than it seems to others. When this situation recurs often or becomes chronic, it’s called hyperacusis. Our perception of the loudness of sound depends…

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Hyperacusis, Misopohonia, or Noisy Neighbors?

Does it annoy you to hear someone chew their food, slurp a soda through a straw, or chomp noisily on ice once the soda is finished? UP to 40% of adults who suffer anxiety from tinnitus also had a prior condition called misophonia. Misophonia–which means a dislike of specific sounds–is also called Selective Sound Sensitivity…

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Fullness In The Ear, Tinnitus, and Hearing Loss

Many conditions cause a feeling of fullness in your ears. I’ve addressed several that are temporary and easily remedied in an earlier post, “Stuffiness And Ringing in My Ears.” Today’s post deals with an often baffling condition called endolymphatic hydrops(EH.) It is sometimes referred to as Meniere’s disease, though this title is misleading.  Meniere’s disease …

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Stuffiness and Ringing In My Ears

Some Individuals with tinnitus have occasional feelings of fullness in one or both ears. This feeling may be accompanied by a fluctuating hearing loss. That is, along with the feeling of fullness, the hearing suddenly gets very bad, and when the fullness goes away, the hearing improves. This often occurs in only one ear at…

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Tinnitus: Where Should I Begin?

If you experience ringing in the ears, you may very well ask, “Can I get rid of this noise once and for all?” In the best of situations, the noise of tinnitus will go away completely. In others, you can reduce the intensity of the sound AND train your brain to largely ignore it. To…

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