Tinnitus: A Special Example of a Failure Mode for your Plastic Brain

Ed. Note: this article originally appeared on Dr. Merzenich’s blog On The Brain on June 13, 2009. Millions of individuals (2% of humankind) are plagued by continuous sounds generated in their skulls, not coming from the real world. Because these ringing or roaring sounds are inescapable and because they strongly influence emotional-control processes in the brain, they…

Tinnitus, Music, and Brain Plasticity

Great news for tinnitus sufferers: today the New York Times reports that researchers in Germany have developed and tested a novel music therapy for ameliorating the symptoms of tinnitus, with promising results. The researchers’ work is based on behavioral training that aims to reorganize the auditory cortex- much as the Brain Fitness Program works.  Read…