Hearing Loss
5 Psychological Factors Related To Tinnitus

5 Psychological Factors Related To Tinnitus

Tinnitus is not necessarily caused by an organic disease, it is also closely related to our usual emotional state. Maybe you've also experienced that tinnitus appears quietly when you're stressed or don't have a good rest. But it is not to say that tinnitus will definitely occur under stress or poor sleep. It is more appropriate to say that the psychological state may be a predisposing factor for tinnitus. Today we mainly talk about Five psychological factors related to tinnitus.

One Fatigue: When I was in the clinic, many tinnitus patients said that when they were tired (including physical and mental fatigue, such as busy work, heavy learning tasks, etc.), tinnitus would appear or worsen.

Two Pleasant: Some studies have shown that about 42% of tinnitus patients feel less tinnitus when they are in a good mood, 55.5% have no change, and 2.5% feel worse.

Three Sadness and depression: The concepts and meanings of sadness and depression are different, but they all have the characteristics of low mood, depression, and depression. Studies have shown that 30% of tinnitus patients have increased tinnitus when sad, 67% have no change, and 3% have reduced. In the depressed state, 57% of the patients worsened, 42% had no change, and 1% reduced. It is easy to see from the above data that unhealthy emotions or mental states such as sadness and depression are not conducive to the relief of tinnitus.
Four Anger and anger: Both anger and anger are negative emotional reactions. Studies have shown that in strong emotional states such as anger and anger, 40% of patients feel increased tinnitus, 51% have no change, and 9% feel less.

Five Tension and state of tension: Tension refers to emotional tension or mental tension, which is what we usually call tension. The stress state refers to the stress response produced by the body when it is suddenly and strongly stimulated. When people are in a state of tension, they may feel nervous; when they are emotionally tense, they may also cause a state of tension. Approximately 67% of tinnitus patients may have increased tinnitus due to stress, and about 33% have no change. Only a few patients feel that their tinnitus has been reduced.

In conclusion, we can initially know that among the various psychological factors affecting tinnitus, good mood and mental state can alleviate tinnitus, while bad mood and mental state may aggravate tinnitus. In the process of Tinnitus Diagnosis and treatment, doctors should pay more attention to the psychological state of patients while treating tinnitus symptoms! As an otolaryngologist, we not only pay attention to the patient's disease status, sometimes we have to play the role of a psychologist, actively and moderately guide the patient, improve the patient's adverse emotional reaction, make the patient in a relatively good psychological state, and reduce the impact of psychological factors on the tinnitus symptoms of the patient as much as possible. Here, I hope that all tinnitus patients can correctly understand tinnitus, and then actively adjust their mentality and mood and cooperate with the doctor's treatment, so that they can get rid of tinnitus as soon as possible!

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How long does it take the brain to adapt to the new sound?

How long does it take the brain to adapt to the new sound?

When many people choose a hearing aid for the first time, they think "All I have to do is put a hearing aid in my ear". However, the facts are not so simple. Although we hope so much, hearing aids are not as simple and easy as buying a TV. If you buy a new TV, just install it and you can lean on the sofa. However, for hearing aids, it often takes a while for you to adapt and adjust to get all the benefits of hearing aids.

In recent years, the
technology of hearing aids has been developed rapidly, not only the internal technology of hearing aids, but also the programming software has become easier to adjust, which can more quickly match the individual needs of each patient. This means that hearing aids can more accurately compensate for your hearing loss.
Austar programming software
So how long does it take our brains to adapt to new sounds? The answer is 12 weeks!

That is to say, it may take up to 3 months from the time you first wear the hearing aid to the time when your brain fully adapts and understands new sounds, especially speech.

I think this is where many people are disappointed with their hearing aids, and they expect them to "immediately" restore their lost hearing. Indeed, the hearing aid itself can achieve this goal, it just takes time!

Different people have different time to adapt hearing aids. If you've worn a hearing aid before, you can adapt to it quickly; if you're wearing a hearing aid for the first time, it takes longer to get used to it. Especially those who have a long hearing loss and have never worn a hearing aid. Taking into account these characteristics of new users, the audiologist will often give a lower volume at the beginning, which is much lower than the actual sound level required. In this way, your brain won't be impacted by a lot of sound.

As time goes on, your brain gradually accepts and understands new sounds. Then you need to go to the listening center repeatedly. Please ask your match maker to slowly increase the volume and reprogram until you get all the benefits of the new hearing aid.
hearing aids with the latest technology
In this process, our Austar Hearing Company have the following suggestions for you:

Please do not feel depressed when the hearing aids don't work perfectly during few weeks when you first put them on. Just keep going, wear as much as you can, and give your brain more time to adapt to them.

If your new divice is a hearing aid with a remote control or remote control app, please try to adjust the sound and see what sounds right for you. And tell your fitter what settings you feel better.
If you feel uncomfortable, please go to the hearing center immediately. Keep in touch with your match maker, tell him or her how you feel, and ask him or her to fine tune your hearing aid.

Please challenge yourself constantly, chat more with people you know, participate more in activities you used to like, listen to various sounds, and continually train your brain so that it can accept new sounds faster.

Call for a greater focus on the causes of hearing loss

Call for a greater focus on the causes of hearing loss

Call for a greater focus on the causes ofhearing loss

The US education and advocacy group Quiet Communities recently posted a piece on how the area of prevention of hearing loss should be given more attention.

In many medical fields, prevention is not top of the list in terms of investment or research efforts. The need for treatments often takes precedence because of the urgency of helping affected individuals. Hearing loss is a good example of this mechanism.

Quiet Communities, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting health, the environment, and quality of life from noise, recently pointed out in an article by Daniel Fink, MD, Interim Chair of the Health Advisory Council, that one major aspect of tackling the hearing loss epidemic is not being addressed: prevention.

The article cites the recent report from the US President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) on aging America and hearing loss as a good example of the issue. The report’s focus was the imperative of improved hearing technologies, looking only to technology and treatment as a solution to the problem. It assumed, according to Fink, that this is simply a natural consequence of aging.

Fink points to noise as the well-known cause of many cases of hearing loss. He believes that reducing exposure to environmental noise is a logical and cost-effective alternative to technology long-term. The US Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults is to publish a report on hearing loss in June. Quiet Communities hopes this will be an opportunity to “change the national discussion about how to prevent hearing loss and make treatment of hearing loss more effective,” by going beyond evaluation and treatment strategies, and addressing root causes.

Source:Quiet Communities