Suppression

Deafness and tinnitus

Category: Illness or disabilaties

Type

Involuntary

Introduction and description

Deafness and Hearing loss, also known as hearing impairment, is a partial or total inability to hear.  A deaf person has little to no hearing.  Hearing loss may occur in one or both ears.  It can be temporary or permanent depending on the cause.

Hearing loss is diagnosed when hearing testing finds that a person is unable to hear 25 decibels in at least one ear and is categorised as mild, moderate, severe, or profound.

Tinnitus from the Latin word tinitus meaning "ringing") is the perception of sound within the human ear in the absence of corresponding external sound.  Tinnitus can be perceived in one or both ears or in the head. It is usually described as a ringing noise, but in some patients, it takes the form of a high-pitched whining, electric buzzing, hissing, humming, tinging or whistling sound, or as ticking, clicking, roaring, "crickets" or "tree frogs" or "locusts (cicadas)", tunes, songs, beeping, or even a pure steady tone like that heard during a hearing test. It has also been described as a "wooshing" sound, as of wind or waves. Tinnitus can be intermittent, or it can be continuous, in which case it can be the cause of great distress.

Tinnitus is common; about one in five people between 55 and 65 years old report symptoms on a general health questionnaire, and 11.8% on more detailed tinnitus-specific questionnaires.  While most discussions of tinnitus tend to emphasize physical mechanisms, there is strong evidence that awareness of tinnitus can be stress-related.  Persistent tinnitus may cause irritability, fatigue, and on occasions clinical depression.

It can also grow into much more complex auditory hallucinations.

Most people with tinnitus have some degree of hearing loss in that they are often unable to clearly hear external sounds that occur within the same range of frequencies as their "phantom sounds".  In essence therefore tinnitus is just a symptom of hearing loss which is why I have grouped various forms of deafness within this section.

Sensory deprivation can be caused by damage to various parts of the brain or the nervous system.  Damage to the eye or damage to the optic nerve or sight processing areas of the brain, for example, can cause hallucinations of a visionary sort. The absence of any signal from the organ or from the function of sight caused the perception system to seek images from elsewhere.

And damage to the hearing or to the part of the brain that processes the function of hearing causes auditory hallucinations.

The Effects of Deafness and Tinnitus compared

We have listed the pathogens and events that may cause damage to the parts of the brain dealing with hearing below. But here we take a look at  the effects  - the ringing noises or auditory hallucinations.  Remember that the effects are caused by damage to the inner or outer ear which produces a form of sensory deprivation.  Thus all hearing loss is the result of damage to the organs of hearing.

There are two distinct categories of tinnitus: otic tinnitus, caused by disorders and damage of the inner ear or the acoustic nerve, and somatic tinnitus, caused by disorders or damage outside the ear and nerve, but still within the head or neck. Deafness can also be the result of the same sorts of damage.

Within these two categories all sorts of parts can get damaged.  For example, the inner ear contains thousands of minute hairs, called stereocilia, which vibrate in response to sound waves, and cells which convert neural signals into tension on the vibrating basement membrane. There is evidence that in some cases these are damaged – particularly by loud noise.  Receptor cells can be damaged.  All this is interesting but not really relevant.

What is key is that there is damage and the damage results in an inability to hear various frequencies, ranging from only a tiny number to quite a large swathe of frequencies. 

There seems to be a general belief that the tinnitus sounds are ‘real’ sound produced by organ malfunction.  So somehow those who believe in this hypothesis think that somehow there must be some kind of organ that can reproduce sounds.

But I think they are wrong.  Tinnitus is an hallucination.  People with tinnitus have hearing loss and the frequencies they cannot hear are similar to the subjective frequencies of their tinnitus.  The greater the hearing loss, the greater the range of frequencies that are heard until eventually quite complex sounds are heard, which leads me to suspect that tinnitus is an unwanted auditory hallucination produced by the composer, who in this case is not being at all helpful!

Thus if we imagine for a moment the band of frequencies like this, then if a small band has been lost, what will be substituted in its place is an equivalent band of small but equivalent frequencies, but once the band of frequencies gets larger, all sorts of varied auditory hallucinations might be heard – we will see this in the examples.

Causes

Tinnitus and deafness are thus not diseases, but a symptom of damage to the organs of hearing.  Thus although this damage is often not reversible, we need to find what things damage these organs, in order that we can prevent this happening to other people.

And just like all the other diseases and illnesses, we find the same type of pathogen can cause hearing loss and tinnitus as well - bacteria, fungi, viruses, heavy metals, other toxins such as pesticides and insecticides, parasites, radiation and so on are all implicated, so we will look at these in some mor detail.

 

 

Bacterial Infections - the following are just examples

Prolonged exposure to Loud noise or sudden loud noise

  • acoustic shock
  • in ear headphones
  • loud music
  • explosion
  • work related noise exposure

Pharmaceuticals - the list below is only a small selection,  over 260 medications have been reported to cause tinnitus and deafness as a side effect. 

In 2016, eHealthme completely reordered their site.  This meant that every link we had provided to their data no longer worked.  The links to eHealthme take you to their site but not the relevant section.  Thus you can use the links in each section, but you will need to search under ‘symptoms’ and then use the section ‘drugs causing symptoms’ to get the information. 

Earwax and blockages - particularly cerumen (earwax) impaction, although children can occasionally put things in their ears without adults realising it.  Peas are a favourite, raisins appear to come next.

Viral infections

Electromagnetic radiation exposure - Mobile phones seemed to be implicated in some cases and exposure to magnetic or electrical fields at ear level.   These same causes can result in deafness of a more profound nature

Toxins - heavy metals, pollution and various chemicals all cause deafness.  'Ototoxic chemicals', for example, can destroy the hair cells of the cochlea. For organic solvents such as Toluene, styrene or xylene, the combined exposure with noise increases the risk of hearing loss. Heavy metals [for example mercury poisoning or lead poisoning], asphyxiants and endocrine disruptors also have an effect.

Old age - called presbycusis (age-associated hearing loss)

Vitamin deficiency - particularly vitamin B12 deficiency

Mineral deficiency - particulalry iron, with the symptoms being anaemia

Metabolic disorders - for example Thyroid disease and Hyperlipidemia

Emotional overload - principally negative emotional overload over some time, for example, stress, anxiety , fear etc

Brain damage - various forms of brain damage for example brain tumours, head injuries, concussion, skull fractures, whiplash injuries and so on.  People with multiple sclerosis [also a form of brain damage] may also suffer from deafness.

Sensorineural hearing loss after dull head injury or concussion trauma]. -  Brusis T; Institut für Begutachtung, Köln.
A dull head injury can lead to isolated damage of the inner ear (cochlear labyrinthine concussion) or damage of the otolithe organ (vestibular labyrinthine concussion) due to a bone conduction pressure .
A typical sign is a high frequency SNHL in form of a c5-dip. The c5-dip can be bilateral or unilateral or different on each side - dependant on the side of injury. In case of a unilateral skull base fracture a contralateral labyrinthine concussion is also possible. Moreover a lot of cases also show an accompanying tinnitus. This knowledge is based on animal and human experiments, as well as data from clinical and medical report examinations over decades.

 

 

 

 

 

How it works

Sensory deprivation

See the Model of spiritual experience and the generic description of How spiritual experience works to get more background to the following explanation.

Once input from the hearing system is reduced, the Composer [see Model] uses our Perceptions or perhaps sound from ‘elsewhere’ in the greater spiritual world to fill in the gap.  The absence of the signal is the key.  The absence – even in a very limited range, is the chance for the Composer to get a look in, because it rather mistakenly thinks you are dreaming and your hearing is no longer being used,  - you are actually being subjected to a rather unpleasant waking dream, which because in most cases the range of frequencies is so small it is unable to make very interesting.

If you are very stressed, the underlying emotion and messages that will be there in your perceptions is one of stress, and the Composer, I am afraid, simply responds – ‘you want stress’ [it says] ‘I can give you stress BIG TIME!!!’

References and further reading

 

see also Neurologic adverse events following vaccination Prog Health Sci, 2012, Sienkiewicz D., Ku?ak W., Okurowska-Zawada B., Paszko-Patej G

Observations

In the following examples I have tried to mix temporary hearing loss causing complex hallucinations, with more permanent hearing loss causing permanent problems as well as example of tinnitus and its gradual change into more complex hallucinations.

RNID = Royal National Institute for the Deaf

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