Does Tinnitus Affect Mental / Cognitive Functions?

Discussion in 'Support' started by ringringer, Nov 24, 2018.

    1. ringringer
      Wishful

      ringringer Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      8-2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      expired earwax drops, stress, or past exposure from earbuds.
      Like, apart from depression, will this condition make anyone dumber?
      I'm just curious.
       
    2. dpdx
      Disappointed

      dpdx Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Murica
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset:09/23/2017 Worsened: 1/17/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma, worsened by caloric test/VEMP test 90db nhL
      yes
       
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    3. Zeneth
      Spaced

      Zeneth Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Maybe noise?
      I have a way way harder time focusing and reading in school
       
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    4. Red
      Crappy

      Red Member

      Location:
      Northeast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Exposure (Headphones)
      What is tinnitus if not an attack on your mental space?
       
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    5. Angus William
      Gloomy

      Angus William Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Moderate but long session with headphones
      I can't sleep regular hours. I'm up all night, sleep in snippets. Stressed, anxious, depressed, can't work. Can't do anything. It completely ruins a person.

      It wont make you dumber, but it will make one wish they were dumb enough to be optimistic about what the future holds for one with tinnitus.
       
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      ringringer
      Wishful

      ringringer Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      8-2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      expired earwax drops, stress, or past exposure from earbuds.
      So T is literally making me dumber? Like, it's fxcking with my IQ?
       
    7. Contrast
      No Mood

      Contrast Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Clown World
      Tinnitus Since:
      late 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise injury
      yes it does, that's the obvious answer proven by depression, anxiety caused by chronic head/ear noises and a loss of hearing.
       
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    8. fishbone
      Shitfaced

      fishbone Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1988
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud noise and very bad sickness
      All of us are different. Tinnitus has not slowed me down at all. I have had to adjust my life and my habits, but I have not lost mental clarity due to it. I am still able to read books and focus even with the demon level ringing... that I live with every second of my life. Does it take patience, practice? yes, it does, but it is very doable....
       
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    9. Manny
      Dead

      Manny Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      United States
      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      central gain << NIHL
      I think that the answer depends on what is meant by "making us dumber".
      This noise torture (for some of us) can cause tremendous anguish, insomnia, unimaginable stress, and difficulty concentrating. These things are known to inhibit intellectual capacities while they are happening. But, does tinnitus itself actually affect your neurons etc. in such a way as to directly lower your IQ? AFAIK there is no evidence for such a thing.
       
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    10. PDodge
      Cowboy

      PDodge Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Woods of Alberta
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bear ate my Cochlea
      I've never had TOO much issue concentrating through T, all I know is that's completely wrecked my downtime
       
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