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This Tinnitus Discovery Could Lead To A New Treatment: Kristin Barry (Transcript) 

Here is the full transcript of Kristin Barry’s talk titled “This Tinnitus Discovery Could Lead To A New Treatment” at TEDxKingsParkSalon conference.

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Understanding Tinnitus

I’d just like to play a quick sound for you. I have a confession to make. I didn’t actually play anything. But if you experience tinnitus, you might have found that difficult to suss out. Tinnitus is the perception of sound without an external sound source. It’s often described as a ringing in the ears or head. You might not consider yourself as experiencing tinnitus.

Think about the last time you went to a loud noise event, a concert, the footy game, maybe out to a club. You might have, after a couple of hours, turned over to your mate and said, “Hey, do you hear that ringing?” Only for them to say, “What ringing?” That was tinnitus. Just so you know.

You might have had a moment of panic. Will I ever be able to hear the volume I did before? Will that tinnitus ever go away? For one in 12 people, that ringing doesn’t actually ever go away. One in five people experience intermittent tinnitus.

Living with Tinnitus

I experience intermittent tinnitus. I get a little scared when I think about when my brain won’t be able to tune out that tinnitus. Will it become chronic? Will I no longer be able to sleep? Tinnitus has been linked to anxiety and depression. Will I be nervous in conversations, become embarrassed, and stay at home? I’m a tinnitus researcher.

So today I’m going to tell you about what we’re doing to treat tinnitus. But I’ll give you a little bit of background. When I started my PhD, I knew nothing about hearing loss and tinnitus. I knew that the prevalence of both was largely increasing, mostly because the population age was increasing.

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