DoctorsHealthPress.com Study Showing What Emotional Effects Tinnitus Has on a Person’s Life
06/06/2012

The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, reports on a recent study showing the emotional effects tinnitus has on a person’s life.

Online PR News – 06-June-2012 – Boston – The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, reports on a recent study showing the emotional effects tinnitus has on a person’s life, as well as showing a link to insomnia.

As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Monday, June 4, 2012 (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/a-tinnitus-patients-worst-enemy), researchers have come across a health secret that is quite valuable for anyone whose hearing often involves ringing. More than 36 million people suffer from “tinnitus,” and the study uncovered some real health hazards involving insomnia. Essentially, sleep issues have a negative effect on the condition, worsening the functional and emotional toll of chronic ringing, buzzing, hissing, or clicking in the head and ears. There is a significant association between insomnia and the severity of perceived tinnitus symptoms—and patients with insomnia report greater emotional distress from tinnitus.

The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that in the study out of Detroit, researchers sampled 117 patients treated between 2009 and 2011. They gathered patient information via telephone and written interviews using the Tinnitus Reaction Questionnaire (TRQ) and the Insomnia Severity Index (ISI). The former determines what emotional effects tinnitus has on a person’s life, while the latter is a brief screening measure of insomnia.

The more severe the TRQ results, the more likely it was that a person had insomnia. He or she was also more likely to have greater emotional sensitivity. The greater the insomnia disability, the more severe the patient’s complaints were regarding the tinnitus, the study finds.

The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports that while the exact cause of tinnitus is unknown, several conditions have been shown to trigger or worsen tinnitus: exposure to loud noises, wax build-up in the ear, ear or sinus infections, head and neck trauma, and certain disorders like thyroid disease, Lyme disease and fibromyalgia.

A chronic case may include anxiety, depression, annoyance, or distress. And one of the most frequent self-reported complaints of tinnitus patients is difficulty getting to sleep. Treating insomnia may help reduce the severity of a patient’s tinnitus symptoms.

(SOURCE: "Insomnia takes toll on tinnitus patients," Henry Ford Health System, April 19, 2012.)

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