Unintended Consequences of White Noise Therapy for Tinnitus—Otolaryngology's Cobra Effect: A Review

@article{Attarha2018UnintendedCO,
  title={Unintended Consequences of White Noise Therapy for Tinnitus—Otolaryngology's Cobra Effect: A Review},
  author={M. Attarha and J. Bigelow and M. Merzenich},
  journal={JAMA Otolaryngology–Head \& Neck Surgery},
  year={2018},
  volume={144},
  pages={938–943}
}
Importance Critical to the success of many medical therapeutics is a consideration of the brain’s miraculous ability to dynamically rewire itself anatomically and neurochemically on the basis of incoming information. We argue that white noise exposure, a commonly recommended therapy for patients with tinnitus, engages these plastic processes in a way that induces maladaptive changes in the brain that degrade neurological health and compromise cognition. Observations The pathophysiologic… Expand
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