In the United States, many people suffer from tinnitus, which causes buzzing, ringing, or hissing in their ears without any external stimulus. Researchers suggest that people with this condition may process emotions differently than those without it. Anxiety and depression are severe psychological problems linked to this, as well as higher levels of stress, irritability and irritability.
Fatima Husain used MRIs in a recent study to examine how this affects the brain’s ability to process emotions. Participants included those with normal hearing, those with tinnitus, and those with hearing loss. It was found that both groups with tinnitus and regular hearing responded faster to emotional sounds than neutral sounds, but those with hearing loss did not respond faster.
Those with tinnitus had slower reaction times, according to the study. The amygdala processes emotions. It appears that people suffering from this condition have lower levels of activity in that part of their brain, while those with regular hearing have higher levels of activity. As well as being more active in the amygdala, tinnitus sufferers were also more active in other parts of the brain.
There is evidence that people with tinnitus often reroute their emotional activity to other parts of the brain, which reduces the strain on the amygdala.
Scientists are developing new ways to treat patients with tinnitus as a result of the study above. As a result, new insights will help improve the daily lives of individuals with this condition.
Do not hesitate to reach out and schedule an appointment with us if you’re concerned that hearing loss may be causing your tinnitus.