Why we should look for tinnitus in the brain


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Imagine constantly hearing a ringing bell, a jackhammer, or that awful beep of the old television test screen in your head. That's what people with tinnitus experience. At the UZA they want to treat people with tinnitus better. For too long the cause was sought in the ear, without looking at the crucial motor that controls all our perceptions: the brain. Emilie Cardon (UAntwerpen) explains why we have to look for tinnitus there.

Emilie Cardon

During her training as a musician, Emilie Cardon grew fascinated by the way we hear things. A degree in neuroscience further allowed her to analyze how our brain interprets the auditory landscape around us. Currently, Emilie is pursuing a PhD at the University of Antwerp and the Antwerp University Hospital, where she is investigating how the brain can sometimes create a phantom sound: the phenomenon of tinnitus.

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