Study finds sleep may affect tinnitus

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Having tinnitus can be very embarrassing, both physically and mentally. The worst part is that there is currently no cure for tinnitus. But in the face of current developments in science and medicine, we may one day find a cure for this problem. The first step in this direction was taken by establishing a link between tinnitus and sleep health.

Problem with multiple sources

Tinnitus is the medical term for extraneous noises in the ears. Most people experience tinnitus in the form of ringing in the ears, but people with this disorder can hear other sounds, such as roaring, hissing, clicking, or grumbling. Although these sounds can be heard in the ears, there is no external sound source. For this reason, tinnitus sounds are sometimes called phantom sounds.

It should be noted that tinnitus is not a true disease in itself. It is a symptom that can have many causes. In fact, just feeling tired or listening to music too loudly can cause tinnitus. The cause can also be taking certain medications, earwax plugs, as well as diseases such as a tumor or otitis. Tinnitus, especially in the elderly, can be a symptom of the onset of hearing loss.

It is also important to know that depending on its causes, tinnitus can be episodic, intermittent, or persistent. But whatever the cause of this hearing disorder, there is currently no cure for tinnitus. In fact, tinnitus cannot be cured, rather the underlying medical conditions that cause it are treated. On the other hand, there are several ways to better manage tinnitus, and studies are still underway on this topic to help patients in this direction, but also with the hope of developing treatments.

Sleep can be a cure for tinnitus

A recent series of papers has been published in brain connections In particular, she established a link between tinnitus and sleep. Researchers have discovered that during slow-wave sleep – or deep sleep – certain areas of the brain can be overactive, when they are supposed to be running in slow motion. This occurs in people who suffer from sleepwalking, and scientists believe that a similar process occurs in those with tinnitus. Specifically, scientists believe that tinnitus prevents the sufferer from sleeping soundly.

This would explain in particular why people with tinnitus are more likely to have sleep disturbances than individuals without this hearing disorder. On the other hand, researchers also found that although tinnitus affects sleep quality, this problem does not completely affect deep sleep. Thus, researchers suggest that deep sleep may have the ability to suppress tinnitus. While this is only a theory at the moment, researchers believe it’s a good way to explore treating tinnitus through sleep manipulation.

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