Tinnitus Limbic System

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A human body is a very delicate and complicated group of systems and organs that work together. We can say that each part of the body is controlled by and connected to several many organs. Thus, many diseases and disorders in one organ can actually indicate the error in completely different organ or system. That brings us to this, The limbic system and Tinnitus. A person who has tinnitus is a person who is continuously hear noisy and annoying voices and sounds. These sounds may be ringing, hissing, whistling and variety of other sounds. Some researches showed that there is a definite relationship between the two.
1 The Limbic System
The limbic system is a group of structures inside the brain connected
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Almost everyone with tinnitus has hearing loss. We are used to thinking of hearing loss as the primary cause of tinnitus. But not everyone with hearing loss experiences tinnitus.
Some medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, certain antibiotics, and diuretics can be "ototoxic." They cause damage to the inner ear, resulting in tinnitus.
Tinnitus is different for each person; That’s why there are many types of tinnitus. Many who suffer tinnitus experience side effects of their tinnitus. This may include psychological, physical and social problems. Some also experience stress, fatigue, emotional problems and depression.
3 The auditory system: How do we hear?

The auditory system is the body system in control of the hearing sense in the body. It consists of two main units or subsystems, the peripheral auditory system (middle ear, outer ear and inner ear) and the central auditory system (from the cochlear nucleus to the primary auditory cortex).

3.1.1 Outer
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Researches on tinnitus before was made mainly on the auditory cortex and its function. And it showed that the normal path of hearing is not actually normal in tinnitus. it is affected by a damage in the inner ear. The hair cells in the organ of Corti are the main reason. Broken or bent hairs can allow the leakiness of random electrical impulses to the auditory cortex in the brain.
Those researches were not enough, not everyone with hearing loss experiences tinnitus, only part of them do. In the last decade, several of researches and studies was made on tinnitus and brain function. Thus, we got the knowledge to now that tinnitus actually is not just in the ears. Researches showed that the limbic system is involved not just in emotions, but in deciding the value of thoughts, perceptions, behaviors, and even sounds.
Limbic system acts as a gatekeeper as it filtrates the sounds we hear. As there are a lot of unwanted voices that we hear every day in which we don’t want to pay attention to, the limbic system categorize what is important and what is not to let them draw our

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