Using Music Therapy to Ease Tinnitus
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Everybody has experienced the annoying ringing sensation that is felt deep in our ears. This sensation is known as Tinnitus and it can be caused by a variety of factors. For many individuals the ringing eventually subsides, but for others the noise is consistent and can cause pain and even hearing loss. There are many treatment methods that are helpful in reducing the effects of Tinnitus. There are many sound therapies that have been found to lower the perceived burden of TInnitus, such as music therapy.
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Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no actual external noise is present. Tinnitus can present in sounds other than the traditional ringing most experience. Tinnitus can be perceived as other sounds such as buzzing, whistling, swooshing, and clicking. These sounds may seem as if they are in one ear, both ears, inside your head, or from a distance. Millions of Americans experience Tinnitus, making it one of the most common conditions in the country. There are generally two types of Tinnitus.
The human ear is essentially a vibration sensor that is extremely sensitive to sounds. The ear can detect sounds in a measurement called Hertz (Hz). The detection range for sounds starts at 20 Hz which is an extremely low frequency and can go all the way up to 20,000 Hz which is an extremely high frequency. The human ear is most sensitive to the speaking range which is between 500 Hz and 5,000 Hz. The ear can be damaged by exposure to excessive noise and can result in frequency loss. This means that some people may not be able to hear extremely low or high frequencies. This hearing loss is directly related to Tinnitus meaning that in regions of the auditory cortex that have been damaged can change the receptive field and can develop enhanced spontaneous activities, or Tinnitus.
Sound Waves travel through auditory pathways in the ear canal. These waves will travel directly over hair cells in the Cochlea. The Cochlea is responsible for transforming the vibrations of sound into a neural signal allowing sound to be heard. When these hair cells are damaged, the brain will not receive the appropriate signals to replicate sound. Instead, abnormal activity is therefore stimulated causing the illusion of sound in divergent frequencies. This illusion of sound is in fact Tinnitus.
There are a number of health conditions and other factors that can cause hearing loss and Tinnitus. In most cases, an exact cause can never be directly pinpointed. Some common causes of Tinnitus include:
Celebrities are idolized by the media and news outlets and are made to seem untouchable. Everybody forgets that celebrities are normal people who suffer from different disorders and conditions just like you and I. Tinnitus is very common among many musicians and actors. Here is a list of testimonials from a few well-known musicians and actors.
In the United States alone, over 50 million people suffer from Tinnitus. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Tinnitus, but there are many ways to manage the symptoms. Ironically, one enjoyable way to alleviate Tinnitus is Music Therapy. There has been a new development with regards to music therapy treatment for Tinnitus. A new idea is to digitally remove a strip of sound from a piece of music. This strip of sound would be the frequency of the Tinnitus. The music would then be played discluding the strip of sound representing the Tinnitus frequency. By repeating this process, eventually the loudness and annoyance of Tinnitus is greatly reduced.
Music promotes relaxation and promotes the emotional center of the brain. Music can help manage symptoms of Tinnitus. Incadence uses music therapy in a personalized way to fit individual needs. At Incadence, your beliefs, values, and priorities are all taken into account when meeting your specific needs. If you struggle with Tinnitus or any other disorder, be sure to check out Incadence, where they heal the world through music.
Edited by Cara Jernigan on January 17, 2021