Hearing Damage Exacerbated By Lack of Sleep
A recent study has shown the connection between not getting enough sleep and the worsening of the hearing condition known as tinnitus. The study showed that patients suffering from this condition expressed increased emotional trauma over the symptoms when they became more and more sleep deprived.
The psychological effects of this hearing condition, which results in a frequent ringing in a person’s ears, pose a far greater threat to health than the physical effects which are primarily an annoyance. It can become very frustrating to suffer from such hearing issues over an extended period of time.
The results of the study were revealed at a convention in California back in the springtime. Over 100 patients were a part of the research which was conducted over the course of three years.
There were two different factors shared by all of the patients. First, they all had tinnitus. The patients were periodically questioned about the mental effects they suffered due to this condition. All of the patients were also insomniacs (a sleep disorder). They were all screened to ensure that they had both conditions, since the study was to see the combined effects.
There was a clear connection revealed between the answers on the questionnaire and the level of sleep loss being suffered by the insomnia patients. Emotional pain and other mental symptoms are common with tinnitus. The disease also has a frequent connection with insomnia because the discomfort makes it difficult for the patient to fall asleep. This increases the anxiousness and irritability of the sufferer.
The reverse is true as well. As the sleep difficulties of the patients were treated, a significant relief of the distress was noticed. This will allow health practitioners, who often find treating the emotional aspects of tinnitus difficult, to have an angle from which to attempt to relieve the suffering.