Debilitating Tinnitus: A Problem, and Solution, in Neuroplasticity
By Dennis A. Colucci, AuD.
Individuals with debilitating tinnitus are a special subset of patients who present with a pervasive reaction to their new body sound. They have severe hyperacusis, a chronic lack of sleep, and persistent anxiety and depression, and they are unable to concentrate or to experience relaxation or quiet time.
Their “bad days” consist of tinnitus and sound annoyance that is endless, resulting in days, weeks, or months off of work. They stay away from family and friends, isolate themselves from sound, inappropriately use hearing protection, and restrict their daily interactions to avoid discomfort.