Habituation and Volume Perception

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    1. Lisa88

      Lisa88 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Hi Dr. Nagler,

      I have read from many people with t of their varying experiences with habituation.
      Once habituated:

      Some only hear their t when they seek it out. When they find it, it is at the same volume it has always been.
      Some, when they seek it out, hear it at a lower volume than when they were struggling.
      Others hear it all the time, don't care. The volume is either faded, or at the same level as when they were struggling.

      In all aspects, the t does not bother them anymore. And they do not care.
      But there is some interesting concept around this fade in volume perception. Isn't it possible that the brain, in tuning out t, can also create this fade in volume perception?

      Thanks, Dr. N
    2. Dr. Nagler

      Dr. Nagler Member Clinician Benefactor

      Atlanta, Georgia USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      @Lisa88, the brain can do many things. And in tinnitus, perception is reality.

      But all that said, a "fade" in volume perception should not be considered some sort of habituation-related expectation. Perhaps view it more as a bonus if it occurs.

      Dr. Stephen Nagler

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