In December 2015, the Dutch Healthcare Institute wrote a letter to the Minister of Medical Care and Sport in the Netherlands. A letter to the Minister of Medical Care and Sport about the position in relation to the stepwise tinnitus-specific treatment of chronic tinnitus.
In chapter 3.1.4 (Patho) physiology, mechanisms. you read the following: "Tinnitus arises because the hearing organ or the nerve pathways transmit signals that are labelled "sound" in the brain without them actually being sounds. The cause of chronic tinnitus is unknown. Tinnitus often underlies hearing loss. Hearing loss can be a result of the normal aging process, noise damage or another cause such as an infection, heredity, following surgery etc. Furthermore, there are a number of conditions in which tinnitus also occurs, in fact one cannot speak of “causes” for tinnitus , but from tinnitus coincidences. There are various theories about the pathophysiological mechanisms that would lead to tinnitus. It appears that functional changes in patients with tinnitus are not limited to the auditory structures but that there are also important interactions with the other brain areas, which are associated with classical conditioning and are involved in emotion, memory, learning and reward including the limbic system and the autonomic nervous system ”
It confirms that much research remains to be done into the possible causes of tinnitus.
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