Does Stress and Focusing on Tinnitus Actually Make It Louder or Is It Just a "Placebo Effect"?

Discussion in 'Support' started by JasonP, Feb 26, 2016.

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    1. JasonP

      JasonP Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2006
      I have been stressed a lot lately, been focused a lot on my tinnitus lately and I am wondering if I'm making it louder. Back in January it didn't seem as loud. Is this just all in my head or is there a scientific reason that doing this would make it sound louder?
       
    2. Zorro!
      Wtf

      Zorro! Member

      Don't know about "scientific" answers to why your tinnitus spikes. But I do know, anecdotally, that stress can be a factor. That's just my experience though.

      Look into ways to relax and bring your stress level down. I've found relaxation techniques and counseling to be helpful.
       
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    3. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

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      I've seen imaging studies that have concluded that putting conscious attention on audio percepts increases the amount of activity in the auditory cortex.

      Attention is very, very powerful; if it wasn't, stuff like mediation wouldn't really work...
       
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    4. Dana
      Chicken

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      09/2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not known, too many possible causes
      @linearb
      Very interesting information. Could you give us the source? I found some articles related to this subject, but maybe your source is different and better.
      Thank you.
       
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    5. Zorro!
      Wtf

      Zorro! Member

      Reminds me of biofeedback in a way: Focus on a specific area of the body to raise the temperature, relax certain muscles, etc.
       
    6. Cheza
      Wishful

      Cheza Member Benefactor

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      04/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barking dogs/stress
      Link, please? I'd like to include that info in my book. Having a difficult time tracking down any kind of neuroimaging images, such as from MRIs, that objectively measure tinnitus in the brain or perception of volume.
       
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    7. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      Without doubt. It's not really proof but try doing an audiogram. When the sounds are at their quietest you are listening so intently that your T becomes VERY loud. This soon dissipates once you get back to some kind of normality and stop putting so much attention on your ears.
       
    8. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

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      I'm out of town trying to win money in a game tournament, but I will try to dig it up when I get back!
       
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    9. Dana
      Chicken

      Dana Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not known, too many possible causes
      @linearb
      I also have hundreds of files and I know how hard is to find something.
      We thank you for your intention to make the effort.
       
    10. I who love music
      Cheerful

      I who love music Member

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      Michigan
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      mid seventies
      Do the BTS method and you won't have to worry about stress affecting your T, you won't have worry about focusing on it, because the method teaches you not to. The scientific reason is because the T signal is stuck in your amygdala area of your brain. When it's there, you have to fight it or run from it. Which is impossible of course. The BTS is simple and teaches you to move the T signal to your logical mind - the prefronal cortex. I found this out because after having great success doing this method I asked a professional therapist why it works and this was how he explained it to me.
      I used to respond to my tinnitus 50 to 100 times a day, now after a little over a year, I only hear it and respond the new way 2 or 3 times a week. Cool, huh?
      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/back-to-silence.7172/
       
    11. IreneW

      IreneW Member

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      10/2015
      Absolutely ! Stress a s focusing on sound make it worse
       
    12. JasonP

      JasonP Member

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      6/2006
      It sure seems that way, especially if you are disturbed by it.
       
    13. JasonP

      JasonP Member

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      6/2006
      Did you ever find it? It's been over six months now ;)
       
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    14. dudeguywithstuff

      dudeguywithstuff Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      anxiety
      So far this an unsatisfying thread.

      The OP, as well as myself, wants to know if stressing out about your tinnitus LITERALLY makes it louder.

      Yes, I'm sure that being stressed in general makes the experience of having tinnitus more distressing.

      Hopefully people realize that this is an entirely different question / realization from asking whether stress literally leads to the exacerbation of tinnitus symptoms.

      Who can accurately answer that question?
       
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    15. Alue

      Alue Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      That's what I hear from all the folks that improved from TRT/CBT and whatnot. If it does then those treatments may have some utility, if it doesn't then it seems they would be a waste of time.
       
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    16. just1morething
      Benevolent

      just1morething Member Benefactor

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      2008
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      barotrauma from airplane descent, noise exposure? ETD? TMJD?
    17. Gin
      Curious

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      July 2015
      I've always found when I am stressed out, it certainly increases in volume. And I know for a fact concentrating on the sound, rather than ignoring it, makes it seem louder and more annoying.
       
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    18. linearb
      Psychedelic

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      East Coast USA
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      1998
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