Episode 10: Coronavirus Special: Tinnitus in Times of Quarantine

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    1. Tinnitus Talk
      Balanced

      Tinnitus Talk Knowledge Base Staff

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      Hi everybody!

      In this special compilation episode, you’ll hear from four people with tinnitus, as well as a researcher and an audiologist, about tinnitus experiences during the Coronavirus crisis. How has the stress of the crisis impacted people’s tinnitus? Can the Coronavirus cause tinnitus to aggravate? What kind of support is available for people struggling during this time?

      Tinnitus Talk contributors are: @Liz Windsor, @Jack Straw, @Steve and @Ed209. Ed actually was infected by the Coronavirus and speaks about how his tinnitus was affected. Our expert contributors are Dr. Raj Shekhawat (UCL) and audiologist Alan Hopkirk. Thanks to everyone who contributed!

      It’s the first time we tried out this new format – interviewing 6 different people and then tying it all together. It was a lot of work and a good learning experience.



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      This episode was produced, as usual, by @Markku and @Hazel and @Autumnly. Do you want to join our team as well? Let us know!

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      Oh, and just as a teaser: our next episode will be an interview with Thanos Tzounopoulos!
       
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    2. Hazel
      Dreaming

      Hazel Director Staff Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      the Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      one-sided hearing loss (of unknown origin)
      I just want to add that we had a number of members coming forward to take part in this interview and we weren't able to follow up with everyone. I specifically want to thank @MadsWithT for his time spent recording with us. That recording in the end didn't fit within the episode so well. But he did have lots of interesting things to say about his Lenire experience, so I'm thinking maybe we should create a Lenire User Experience episode and interview Mads for that! :)
       
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    3. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      Who’s that loser at the start? :LOL:

      You can hear me breathing like a serial killer on a phone call :ROFL:. I can tell my breathing was affected.

      I enjoyed hearing about other people’s experiences and it was cool to note that the Terminator, aka Steve, doesn’t stop training for no one. The gym comes to him instead :D
       
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    4. glynis
      Feminine

      glynis Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      England,
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      I'm on 12 weeks total isolation by NHS and Government due to the coronavirus as a severe asthmatic. This could be until a vaccine or medication is found as it would kill me off if got the virus.

      Can't leave the house. I can only go out to my outdoor area.

      Stay home, save lives and stay safe.

      love Glynis
       
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    5. Jack Straw
      Balanced

      Jack Straw Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      1990s
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Infection, Acoustic Trauma
      Very nice episode!
       
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    6. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      My least favourite part was the annoying guy from New York.
       
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    7. mikejohnno
      Thinking

      mikejohnno Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      April 21st 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Clubbing
      How are you Glynis?

      Michael
       
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    8. glynis
      Feminine

      glynis Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      England,
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      Hi, I'm doing really well, thank you.

      I will be back to work soon and, like others, I will be a little worried about a second wave of COVID-19.

      Life must go on and can't wrap ourselves in cotton but need use all the precautions and protective equipment as needed.

      Staying positive as we learn to keep ourselves as safe as possible.

      Love Glynis
       
    9. Frédéric

      Frédéric Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Advocate

      Location:
      Marseille, France
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/19/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      The Effect of Environmental Stressors on Tinnitus: A Prospective Longitudinal Study on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

      Abstract: Tinnitus, the perception of sound in the absence of a corresponding sound, and the distress caused by it, is rarely a static phenomenon. It rather fluctuates over time depending on endogenous and exogenous factors. The COVID-19 pandemic is a potential environmental stressor that might influence the individually perceived tinnitus distress. Since not all people are affected by the pandemic in the same way, the situation allows one to identify environmental factors and personality traits that impact tinnitus distress differently. In our study, 122 tinnitus patients were included at two time points: in the year 2018 and during the German lockdown in April 2020. We assessed tinnitus-related distress, depressive symptoms, personality characteristics and the individual perception of the pandemic situation. On average, there was only a small increase of tinnitus distress with heterogeneous changes during the lockdown. People perceiving the situation as generally stressful with increased grief, frustration, stress and nervousness reported the worsening of tinnitus distress. People with high values in neuroticism also reported the worsening of tinnitus distress, while the personality traits extraversion, conscientiousness and openness seemed to be a protection factor. The study identifies factors that influence tinnitus distress change during a pandemic and spots those patients that need specific help in the pandemic situation.
       

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