Living with tinnitus and hyperacusis pdf
Processing and Designing Hyperacusis and Tinnitus
It was a crisp fall day when I was confronted by a catastrophic blast that changed my mental health, and life, forever. Auditory experts agree an untreated hearing condition can cause psychiatric disorders like depression and anxiety. At the time of the noise trauma, I had already been living with depression for decades, since age 17, making my particular circumstances quite difficult and emotionally devastating. I had no warning when, suddenly, I heard a tremendous explosion at one of the notoriously noisy construction sites on Second Avenue. Without a place to turn for help following the blast, I continued walking home. By evening, in the silence of my apartment, I could hear a faint twinkling sound in my ears: tinnitus.
Most cases of chronic tinnitus are thought to be a result of damage to the microscopic nerve endings in the inner ear. However, current research now suggests that a more central region of the brain, the dorsal cochlear nucleus, has been identified as a potential culprit especially when it is accompanied with a loss of hearing. It is defined as a reduced tolerance to everyday environmental sounds. The most common causes of hyperacusis are hearing loss, noise trauma i. Hyperacusis can come on suddenly or gradually.