What Is the Mechanism of the Influence of Stress on Hearing?

Discussion in 'Support' started by IvanRus, Jan 9, 2018.

    1. IvanRus

      IvanRus Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ototoxicity
      How does stress affect tinnitus? More precisely, how can it affect negatively on hearing?

      This is a fact, no one argues with this? I'm interested in the mechanism of damage to the ear under stress. Free radicals, active oxygen species, excitotoxicity, vessels? ...

      Nowhere did I find any scientific information. Also, in this case, to some extent should help NAC and other antioxidants?
       
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    2. Markku
      Inspired

      Markku Founder Staff Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Syringing
      Stress and tinnitus - from bedside to bench and back

      From the "Stress and tinnitus" paragraph:
      • First, stress may potentially activate the local HPA axis in the inner ear. The consequences of local overdrive in the HPA system in cochlea are so far unknown.
      • Second, stress-activated HPA corticosterone release may affect mineralcorticoid receptor function in cochlea and possibly influence the concentration of potassium secreted by stria vascularis, resulting in tinnitus.
      • Third, stress-induced activation of HPA axis and corticosteroid release could provoke pre- or post-synaptic neuronal plasticity of the auditory system ((Figure55).
       
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      IvanRus

      IvanRus Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ototoxicity
      I see, thank you.

      Ie if I observe a spike on the background of stress, and some decrease in hearing at one frequency in one ear (in my opinion), then it is not necessary or even harmful to take corticosteroids (prednisolone, etc.)?

      What do you advise, antioxidants?
       
    4. sandra72

      sandra72 Member

      Location:
      Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      may 2014
      So in other words stress can make tinnitus permanently worse?
       
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    5. JurgenG
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      JurgenG Member Benefactor Advocate

      Location:
      Belgium
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise exposure / headphone accident maybe?
      Anyone an answer on that question? Also what is considered stress? Is it a temporary fear/axiety/nervousness of half a day, or is it heavy stress for months?

      I wonder, because I am currently a bit stressed and already feel some tension at my ears. Wonder what that is.
       
    6. slipware
      Bookworm

      slipware Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      I think I’m under stress right now, and I’m blaming some eye drops I’ve been prescribed. However, I feel my tinnitus is so way off the scale stress isn’t helping.
       
    7. Niel S.
      Badass

      Niel S. Member

      Location:
      Belgium
      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Interesting question. I'm wondering the same.

      From own experience stress doesn't make t worse, the sound is just as loud but it seems to be louder because i'm faster annoyed while under stress. Stress changes your perception of things.

      T is very subjective, you can't measure it. So it's heavily influenced by our own perception.
       
    8. Tinniger

      Tinniger Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      increasingly uncertain, maybe noise, maybe somatic ?
      More precisely: What is stress?
      Btw., - for decades, "stress" was regarded as the trigger for stomach ulcers. Now it is Helicobacter pylori...;)
       
    9. TuneOut

      TuneOut Member

      Location:
      El Dorado Hills, CA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Worsened 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Concert
      In my experience, yes. Stress kills. It's toxic to the whole body.
       

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