Tinnitus

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Tinnitus has been described as a soft sign of the progressive loss of neuronal function in neurodegenerative disorders and diseases like Alzheimers, Parkinson’s, and Superficial Siderosis. It is an auditory hallucination or phantom sound which exists only in the brain of the patient.

The tinnitus experienced by Superficial Siderosis patients points to a disorder of the cochleovestibular system and the neurodegeneration of the eighth cranial nerve. Commonly linked with Sensorineural Hearing Loss, it often is one of the earliest symptoms to present. Superficial Siderosis patients may experience multiple tone patterns such as high-pitched ringing, swooshing, chains clinking, chirping or buzzing intermittently or continuously.

This abnormal auditory sensory perception can be a horribly challenging problem for those who are experiencing the disorder and find it may have a very negative impact on the quality of life. Audiologists struggle to help Superficial Siderosis patients find relief from the sounds they are hearing in their head. Many patients who have100% hearing loss in either one or both ears report they are still tormented by tinnitus. White noise will be an ineffective masking tool for this patient group. Depression, fatigue, and stress is known to increase the intensity of tinnitus.

There is no cure or proven medications for tinnitus.

 

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Source: British Tinnitus Association

 

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