Losing Short-Term Memory / Cognitive Ability Due to Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by bobthebuilder, Feb 2, 2020.

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Has tinnitus impacted your:

  1. Short-term memory

  2. Long-term memory

  3. IQ / cognitive ability

  4. EQ / emotional ability

  5. Vocabulary / word recall

  6. Social ability

  7. It has impacted none of the above

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    1. bobthebuilder

      bobthebuilder Member

      Location:
      northeast US (ie hell on earth)
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      stress, sleep deprivation, amitriptyline (?), ptsd (?)
      I have had tinnitus for 5 years now and immediately when it started, I noticed a significant impact on my working memory, cognitive speed and acuity, and even social ability (as it related to word recall and quick thinking in conversations).

      For 2-3 years, this unfortunate impact was stable, and perhaps even got slightly better as I habituated to the tinnitus.

      Recently, however, it has gotten much worse and continues to accelerate. My tinnitus is a bit louder due to a couple of loud noise incidents, as well as a recent dental issue, but these other symptoms (i.e. memory loss, cognitive ability) have accelerated far more significantly than the tinnitus has increased in volume.

      Has anyone else out there experienced this? Is there a link between tinnitus and developing Alzheimer's and/or early-onset dementia? Apologies if that question may seem hyperbolic, but if the decline continues at its current pace, I'll almost certainly be a vegetable before I turn 30.

      Also, any way to stop it / do something about it? I've seen a few people mention nootropics like Piracetam, might have to give that a try.
       
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    2. Michael B
      Supportive

      Michael B Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Southern CA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Earbuds
      I would have replied to your question stating no, it hasn't, but I read somewhere that there may be a link between hearing loss & dementia. As to tinnitus, I'll admit to an occasional lack of concentration & focus. That's almost a given.
       
    3. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      How many hours do you sleep and how many times do you wake up each night?
       
    4. Mister Muso
      Busy

      Mister Muso Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2007 / April 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music
      Interesting. My votes were in line with the majority here. I've certainly found my work and socialising being impacted. Emotionally though I think I am more empathic to other peoples problems than I used to be. As long as they don't start trying to minimise my tinnitus issues!
       
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    5. Elmer B Fuddled

      Elmer B Fuddled Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      plugged nasal eustachian tube
      My memory became a bit worse not so much from tinnitus but from exploding head syndrome, a benign thing that sounds like a door slamming shut or an explosion. It happens when we go into that period before deep sleep. Research shows it's harmless but I beg to differ. Then getting tinnitus and hearing tests because I couldn't understand a conversation which led to me becoming a recluse. I had lost considerable amount of hearing in my right ear. Hearing aids were offered as a help, and with that I went for them. Now 6 months later I can hear sit in conversation and my memory has returned not to normal but I can remember something that I couldn't before....

      Also I started on B12 and it has helped. You should have your B12 levels checked.

      Tinnitus itself doesn't lead to Alzheimer's but what does lead to it is people who become unattached or unsocial because of hearing problems which includes people with tinnitus. This can make us susceptible to Alzheimer's.
       
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      bobthebuilder

      bobthebuilder Member

      Location:
      northeast US (ie hell on earth)
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      stress, sleep deprivation, amitriptyline (?), ptsd (?)
      Nearly 12 hours a night. Falling asleep is sometimes tough without maskers/white noise machines, but staying asleep has not been a problem.

      Interesting though that before the tinnitus started I could get by with 6 hours a night on weeknights and a few extra on the weekend. 8 hours was enough to feel well rested. But now with the tinnitus if I don’t get 10-12 hours a night, I don’t feel well rested.

      I figure it must be due to some fatigue/exhaustion from having the screeching noise running all day.
       
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