Tingling Neurons Titillating your Tinnitus at #sciamblogs today!

Sep 13 2011 Published by under Behavioral Neuro

Sci is at SciAm today talking about the latest paper which may show why we get tinnitus, which is that annoying thing where your ears ring. You can read it over there, and if you feel like, you can comment over there...or over here! It's up to you. Please ignore the ringing sound, it doesn't really exist.

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  • In terms of anecdata, my chronic tinnitus frequency matches the range of hearing loss I experienced. Playing piccolo, I ended up giving myself noise-induced hearing loss in a very particular frequency range only on the right ear. My left ear actually rings at a different tone.

    I think a study of chronic tinnitus among musicians with a break down by a) instrument played and b)neighboring sections might be rather interesting. Plus, musicians are better at frequency identification.

    To the best of my understanding, the reason we are more susceptible to high frequency hearing loss has to do with the arrangement of the organ of Corti, since the high frequency response is at the outermost regions.

  • D. C. Sessions says:

    Hmmm. And then there's the connection to long-term use of some drugs such as NSAIDs.

    Fortunately my chronic tinnitus doesn't really bug me to speak of -- it's there if I pay attention to it but that's all.