Our brain and tinnitus

Discussion in 'Support' started by Emil Mikalsen, Apr 10, 2014.

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    1. Emil Mikalsen
      Curious

      Emil Mikalsen Member

      Location:
      Norway
      Tinnitus Since:
      10.2013 - concert
      This is pretty interesting, any ideas?

      "As the brain becomes accustomed to having the noise around, the noise is accepted as part of the daily experience of life. Tinnitus is often perceived as a threat to survival and the amygdala demands that it be found when the conscious mind notices it is "not there." (Have you noticed that when you awaken from a nap your tinnitus volume increases? For many, this is your brain’s way of trying to keep you alive. The tinnitus is as persistent as breathing and like breathing it will make sure the noise is detected if the brain has the tinnitus correlated to a survival issue in one manner or another.)

      The brain does not think that tinnitus is "good." It simply is a survival issue. An intruding sound has been detected and a "sound loop" is created in the neural pathways that keeps the tinnitus perception intact. Long after the physical stimulation for the tinnitus is gone (a loud concert for example), the tinnitus persists. The brain continues to find the noise."

      If this is right sleeping without masking would be a bad idea as our brain would get used to hearing the T all the time. I'm thinking that if i sleep without any masking sounds, my ear/brain would get some rest, as the ear would not get any stimulus? :)
       
    2. Lucinda
      Cheeky

      Lucinda Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      4/2009
      Okay this is interesting but I didn't understand it o: I only got that tinnitus is a threat to survival and that it isn't good.
      Err I don't think the ear or brain would get rest cause doesn't the tinnitus cause the stimulus (is that a thing that makes your organ thingies like knowstuff) And also tinnitus can change sounds (well for me)and masking you only hear that that will make you forget....

      :c technical language
       
    3. jchinnis

      jchinnis Member

      Location:
      USA: Northern Virginia and Seattle area
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/1989
      Lucinda, the quote does NOT mean that tinnitus is a threat to survival. It is one person's idea about why tinnitus tends to hang around. He/she thinks that a noise that you THINK OF as threatening can somehow set up a permanent record in the brain.

      The brain has lots and lots of "noise" in it, and it does a really good job of not noticing most of it. But if a noise frightens you, it is harder for the brain to forget about it.

      That's all.

      Jim Chinnis
       
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    4. I who love music
      Cheerful

      I who love music Member

      Location:
      Michigan
      Tinnitus Since:
      mid seventies
      Interesting.
      Every morning I wake up, I have silence for about 2 seconds. When I'm fully awake... it's hello T.
       
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    5. Rhea
      Volatile

      Rhea Member

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      i get that too i who love music !...best two seconds of the day lol
       
    6. Martin69
      Artistic

      Martin69 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      (Health) Anxiety
      And after a shower maybe 5 seconds. :)
       
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    7. Dr. Nagler

      Dr. Nagler Member

      Location:
      Atlanta, Georgia USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/1994
      That's residual inhibition - totally different phenomenon than your tinnitus blaring away once you're fully awake after a night's sleep.

      Stephen Nagler
       
    8. I who love music
      Cheerful

      I who love music Member

      Location:
      Michigan
      Tinnitus Since:
      mid seventies
      2 seconds of bliss. Ahhh
       
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    9. Lucinda
      Cheeky

      Lucinda Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      4/2009
      Mm I see, thanks :)
       
    10. Mark McDill
      Curious

      Mark McDill Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Papillion, NE
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Likely stress, anxiety, an antibiotic and nsaids
      My T is loudest when I wake up in the morning; however, I get days off (I'm cyclical). Nonetheless, it is usually on when I wake and will turn off after standing for a while (standing in the shower). Three trillion lira to anyone that can tell me what turns it on and what turns it off. The best I can guess is that it has something to do with my neck (I'm lacking cartilage between C 5/6/7) and there's obviously a physiological change between laying down and standing up (due to physical orientation). So, I guess I could learn to sleep standing up and it would never turn on :LOL: but even that wouldn't do it because it usually turns off at night while laying down (and then I have a day off). I know for a fact it will turn off tonight after I go to sleep, it will come on slightly tomorrow morning when I wake up, and then be off for the day.

      Turns on at night, turns off at night, and is loudest in the morning. Anyone, anyone???

      I think I'll donate my T to science (no, really, take it, it's all yours):)

      Mark
       
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    11. Micky
      Dancing

      Micky Member

      Location:
      London
      Tinnitus Since:
      10 / 2000
      Emil wrote ( partly )
      If this is right sleeping without masking would be a bad idea as our brain would get used to hearing the T all the time. I'm thinking that if i sleep without any masking sounds, my ear/brain would get some rest, as the ear would not get any stimulus? :)
      Emil i used a sound machine every night..all night long for many years but.. made no difference to my tinnitus.. But did help me get to sleep and feel a little better in a quiet room ...
       
    12. Emil Mikalsen
      Curious

      Emil Mikalsen Member

      Location:
      Norway
      Tinnitus Since:
      10.2013 - concert
      Ah, i sleep without any masking or sounds now - i used to have my computer on at night for some white noise, but once i turned it off before going to sleep my T actually got better :)
       

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