Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Top Ten Brain Post 2012: #7 Tinnitus and Depression

The number seven highest viewed Brain Post blog from 2012 was a review of research related to tinnitus and depression.

In this study, a survey of adults in Sweden examined a series of medical and psychological problems over a period of time.

Individuals with rating of severe tinnitus also endorsed high levels of depression.  Increased depression severity tended to be associated with increased ratings of tinnitus severity.

The authors noted depression and tinnitus appear to "share core symptomatology or stem from a common etiolog

Because depression is a treatable problem, clinicians would be wise to screen for depression in tinnitus clinical populations.  

Photo of manger scene from the author's files.

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