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Vertigo, tinnitus, and cognition


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Aug 18, 2020
This is a "Frontiers Research Topics" edition with 7 papers (including an editorial - probably the best place to start) focusing on tinnitus and its impact on cognition. There appears to be a correlation between tinnitus and reduced attention to tasks (which doesn't particularly surprise me) as well as generally higher incidences of cognitive decline. Personally, given the apparent correlation between cognitive decline and poor hearing, I wonder if the two are similar (e.g. where tinnitus masks dialogue).

I'm not surprised, as hearing loss/problems can contribute to, or may even be a cause, of dementia due to the brain needing to work much harder to "fill in the gaps". Also contributing to social isolation.

Just came across this article

The most mind-blowing moment, not only for De La Mata but the scientists too, came when they managed to actually record the sounds that she heard in her ears – which now appear as ‘Left Ear’ and ‘Right Ear’ which begin sides A and B on the album – and in doing so opened up questions about the nature of tinnitus itself. “The NHS definition is that it’s a phantom sound that your brain is creating, that it isn’t something ‘real’, so you should try to ignore it.” By having De La Mata place her ear into an anechoic chamber, with an ultra-sensitive microphone perched in her ear canal, they were able to provide significant evidence to the contrary.
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