Tinnitus: The Sound of Stress?

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    1. hans01
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      hans01 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2000
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress, hearing loss, sinus infections, ... ?
      Full article:

      https://clinical-practice-and-epidemiology-in-mental-health.com/VOLUME/14/PAGE/264/FULLTEXT/

      Not sure if this has already been posted before. It has been published on 31/10/2018.

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      ABSTRACT

      Background:
      Emotional stress is frequently associated with otologic symptoms as tinnitus and dizziness. Stress can contribute to the beginning or worsening of tinnitus.

      Objective:
      The objective of the study is to evaluate the presence of stress symptoms in patients with chronic, subjective tinnitus, and correlate its presence to annoyance associated with tinnitus.

      Methods:
      This is a cross-sectional study. One hundred and eighty patients with chronic, subjective tinnitus were included. Patients answered the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) to evaluate the impact of tinnitus in the quality of life and answered the Lipp's inventory symptoms of stress for adults (ISSL). The data obtained was organized using Excel® 2010, mean values, linear regression and p-value were calculated.

      Results:
      Of the 180 patients included in the study, 117 (65%) had stress symptoms, 52 of the 117 (44%) were in the resistance phase and 23 of the 117 (20%) in the exhaustion phase, the remaining was in the alert phase. There was a clear progressive increase in stress as THI raised, with more impact of tinnitus in quality of life.

      Conclusion:
      The presence of stress symptoms, measured by ISSL was observed in most of our patients with chronic subjective tinnitus, specially in the resistance and exhaustion phases and it is directly associated with tinnitus annoyance.
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      For me, even if I have to admit that the onset of my tinnitus 20 years ago is still unclear (playing music, sinus infections, emotional stress...), it started during a very stressful period (which I'm still in as a freelance worker) and got worse when I had a burnout 3 years ago with some additional very low tones, so I'm sure there must be a link. In some days late in the afternoon especially just before the weekend or when I'm feeling very relaxed my tinnitus drops significantly in volume, so there must be a link, it's not 100% related to my bad hearing.
       
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    2. Strife_84
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      Strife_84 Member

      Location:
      Finland
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Mixing music for long hours and too loud I guess.
      My tinnitus or hyperacusis has nothing to do with my mental state.

      When I am tired I get annoyed by my tinnitus more easily, but the volume is still same.

      Ive been depressed, happy, sad, tired, alert.

      Always the same. changes in volumes usually triggered by sounds coming from outside. Sometimes my tinnitus just gets louder while sitting still.

      I don't believe it's mental, at all. If stress or anxiety would cause tinnitus, I would've had tinnitus for 20 years now.
       
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      hans01
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      hans01 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2000
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress, hearing loss, sinus infections, ... ?
      We're not all the same and I've never said it's "only" stress or anxiety related. Tinnitus can have different causes but in my case and those people I talked to there's definitely a link to stress and anxiety, not just exposure to noise like all ENTs seem to claim. For example mine went down quite a lot this weekend, some tones hardly audible, but then I had a lot of fun with people around me, really relaxing weekend. Sometimes stress related health issues can pop up later on, it's not triggered the first day you have stress. Anyway, I respect your observations but for me it's definitely linked to mental well being, not just sound exposure.
       
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    4. razo

      razo Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Audio exposure
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      hans01
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      hans01 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2000
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress, hearing loss, sinus infections, ... ?
      Interesting, I have some form of PTSD and my cortisol levels are too high, which isn't good. A friend suggested to do sophrologie, and the more I learn about tinnitus and the harmful effects of stress on life, the more I agree that maybe the problem starts there for a lot of people, not just regarding tinnitus but a bunch of other health related issues.
       
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