Tinnitus has been described as a soft sign of the progressive loss of neuronal function in superficial siderosis. It’s 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 rattling, chirping, or buzzing intermittently or continuously.
This abnormal auditory sensory perception can be a challenging problem for those experiencing the disorder and find it may have a very negative impact on the quality of life. Audiologists struggle to help SS patients find relief from the sounds they hear in their heads. Many patients who progress to 100% Overview Progressive hearing loss will affect 95% of Superfi... More in either one or both ears report they still experience tinnitus. White noise will be an ineffective masking tool for this patient group. Depression, fatigue, and stress are known to increase the intensity of tinnitus.
There is no cure or proven medications for tinnitus.