Neuroscientists believe they have discovered your dysfunction. Or, more accurately, your neural mechanisms dysfunction. They “gate” noise controlling the noise and pain signals. You see. there are “circuit breakers” that should work, but are not.
After an injury tinnitus can occur and sufferers experience phantom sounds. Veterans are exposed to some very loud noises and there are times that ear protection is not practical, among veterans claimed disabilities tinnitus has been the top disability receiving compensation for at least the past 2 years. Compounding the problem of tinnitus and the pain it brings is an increased risk for depression and anxiety. Two disabilities that veterans are at risk for.
It’s a pretty interesting article, I hope you enjoy it.
In the October issue of Trends in Cognitive Sciences, researchers say identifying the problem is the first step to developing effective therapies for these disorders, which afflict millions of people. None now exist.
The scientists describe how the neural mechanisms that normally “gate” or control noise and pain signals can become dysfunctional, leading to a chronic perception of these sensations. Neuroscientists reveal the brain malady responsible for tinnitus, chronic pain
Neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center and Germany’s Technische Universität München say they’ve uncovered the brain malady responsible for tinnitus and for chronic pain – the uncomfortable, sometimes agonizing sensations that persist long after an initial injury.
VA disability claims for noise-related hearing loss or tinnitus, there are certain things you’ll want to do to help your case:
- Provide detailed statements that explain the noise exposure you experienced during your military service.
- Cite the sources of the noise such as the machinery you used or the environment you worked in.
- Cite the duration of the exposure, and explain the type of hearing protection available for use (including no protection).