According to a 2021 study that the JAMA Psychiatry published, the relationship between tinnitus and mental health was studied among over 6,000 middle-aged Rotterdam residents for five years.
Participants were examined in order to evaluate age-related conditions and health problems like tinnitus. Test subjects who had tinnitus (those who found it bothersome and not bothersome) had more concerning issues than those who did not have the condition in three main areas: symptoms of depression, anxiety, and their quality of sleep.
Tinnitus and its Impact on Your Mood
Just like with any new diagnosis, patients can become devastated by their new symptoms. This can be irritating when a person develops or already has another chronic illness.
Mild chronic tinnitus and other comorbidities can overwhelm patients, and that can lead to emotional/mental health problems.
Tinnitus can also be a sign of hearing loss, particularly presbycusis (age-related hearing loss). Hearing loss that goes untreated can worsen and cause even more isolation, loneliness, and depression, along with cognitive decline caused by brain atrophy.
People with tinnitus need to be reassured that they’re not crazy because they can hear sounds that nobody else can, but it can impact their mental health.
There is no cure for tinnitus but in addition to counseling or support groups, there are ways to manage it. Don’t mistake an incurable symptom with no treatment options. If you also have hearing loss in addition to your tinnitus, hearing aids feature a tinnitus masking option that can be programmed into your devices. Simply using other masking techniques, such as white noise machines, can also be helpful in tuning out the tinnitus.
Contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a hearing test and consultation from one of our hearing aid providers.