Signal & noise: simple but complex explanation of tinnitus

Tinnitussignal leads to noise; signal leads to reduction of noise; different types of signal; a complexity model for understanding thereof:

  • Too much signal (emotional/physical) leads to aggravation/stress.
  • Body responds by producing noise (tinnatus) – except tinnatus is pre-existing noise within the system, now just being picked up as a result of too much ‘signal‘.
  • Treatment to reduce/remove tinnatus is to introduce signal to the subject (sound therapy). “Although there are no specific cures for tinnitus, anything that brings the person out of the “fight or flight” stress response helps symptoms recede over a period of time.” (see wikipedia).
  • Signal ‘leads’ to ‘loss’ of noise.