Fluctuating Tinnitus and Habituation

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    1. Gill Hayes

      Gill Hayes Member Benefactor

      North West England
      Tinnitus Since:
      Nov 2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress I think
      Hi Dr Nagler,

      Just popped on to the site to ask a question.

      Dr Nagler, my T is fairly quiet most of the time but does spike now and again - sometimes for as little as an hour, sometimes for a few hours. It always settles down again. My question is, can this fluctuation interfere with habituation at all ? Can it slow it down or anything ??

      Thankyou. Gill
    2. Dr. Nagler

      Dr. Nagler Member Clinician Benefactor

      Atlanta, Georgia USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Habituation is the passive extinction of a conditioned response to a neutral stimulus. In regard to your question, I have not seen any data either way with respect to tinnitus habituation in general; however, the success rate of TRT is the same regardless of whether or not the tinnitus fluctuates.

      Dr. Stephen Nagler
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