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Depression or anxiety due to tinnitus

Do you need a nexus letter for depression or anxiety due to your already service connected tinnitus? Dr. Finnerty would be happy to review your medical records and the associated scientific literature.

Sample nexus letter scientific research related to depression and anxiety secondary to tinnitus Dr. Finnerty may use:

There is extensive support in the research literature for a significant connection between tinnitus and anxiety and depression; this includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Berthold Langguth, Verena Hund, Michael Landgrebe, and Martin Schecklmann (2017) Tinnitus Patients with Comorbid Headaches: The Influence of Headache Type and Laterality on Tinnitus CharacteristicsFrontiers in Neurology, 8:440. “The main findings of this study are that tinnitus patients with comorbid headache have higher scores in TQs, a lower quality of life and more frequently comorbidities such as painful sensation to loud sounds, vertigo, neck pain, TMJ complaints, general pain, and depressive symptoms when compared with tinnitus patients without headaches. The higher impairment in quality of life in patients who suffer from both tinnitus and headache can be easily explained by a pure additive effect of both disorders on disease burden.” 
  • Jay M. Bhatt MD  Neil Bhattacharyya MD, FACS  Harrison W. Lin MD (2017) Relationships between tinnitus and the prevalence of anxiety and depressionThe Laryngoscope (127)2, 466-469. “Tinnitus symptoms are closely associated with anxiety, depression, shorter sleep duration, and greater workdays missed.” 
  • Gomaa, M.A.M., Elmagd, M.H.A., Elbadry, M.M. et al. Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale in patients with tinnitus and hearing loss. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 271, 2177–2184 (2014). “There is a direct correlation between duration of tinnitus and severity of stress… In conclusion, depression, anxiety and stress should be taken into consideration in the treatment of patients suffering from tinnitus.” 
  • Halford, Jonathan & Anderson, Stewart (1991) Anxiety and depression in tinnitus sufferers; Journal of Psychosomatic Research (35)4-5, pgs 383-390. “One hundred and twelve members of a tinnitus self-help group completed psychological and tinnitus questionnaires. In line with prior studies we found that tinnitus was associated with elevated anxiety trait and depression.” 
  • Sigyn Zöger M.D. Jan Svedlund M.D., Ph.D. Kajsa-Mia Holgers M.D., Ph.D. (2006) Relationship Between Tinnitus Severity and Psychiatric Disorders. Psychosomatics, (47)4, 282-288. “A close association between tinnitus and psychiatric disorders has been demonstrated…”  The authors note “various measures found significant correlations between the severity of tinnitus and the severity of depression and anxiety. We conclude that the severity of tinnitus is associated with psychiatric disorders, as well as with the severity of anxiety and depression in tinnitus patients…” 

Are you ready to get a nexus letter for depression, anxiety or another mental health condition secondary to your already service connected tinnitus?

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