Tinnitus and Anxiety: More than Meets the Ear

Author(s): Matthieu J. Guitton

Journal Name: Current Psychiatry Reviews
Continued as Current Psychiatry Research and Reviews

Volume 2 , Issue 3 , 2006


Tinnitus is an abnormal perception of sound that cannot be attributed to an external source. In most cases, tinnitus is caused by insults to the peripheral auditory system. Tinnitus also displays strong links with negative emotional states such as anxiety. However, the relations of tinnitus with anxiety are still debated. Of particular interest is the question whether the occurrence of tinnitus is, at least partially, consecutive to high level of anxiety, or whether tinnitus is anxiogenic. This review aims to summarize recent knowledge on the fascinating topic of interactions of tinnitus with anxiety. Furthermore, using tinnitus as an example, this review tries to nurture the more inclusive debate on the relation between perception, emotion and memory in human pathologies.

Keywords: Anxiety, emotion, hippocampus, NMDA, perception, tinnitus

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Year: 2006
Published on: 01 March, 2012
Page: [333 - 338]
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.2174/157340006778018139
Price: $65

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