Sign Up for a Free Account


BrainWaves #163 What's the buzz?

MedLink Neurology Podcast is delighted to feature selected episodes from BrainWaves, courtesy of James E Siegler MD, its originator and host. BrainWaves is an academic audio podcast whose mission is to educate medical providers through clinical cases and topical reviews in neurology, medicine, and the humanities, and episodes originally aired from 2016 to 2021.

Originally released: May 14, 2020

Can you hear that too? You can't? Well, that doesn't mean I'm having auditory hallucinations. It could just be tinnitus, which describes the irritating sound of ringing, buzzing, clicking, or hissing that affects 10% to 20% of the world's population. But is this a ringing in the ears or a ringing in the brain?

Produced by James E Siegler. Music courtesy of Andrew Sacco, Jon Watts, Kai Engel, Lovira, Patches, and Kevin McLeod. Unless otherwise mentioned in the podcast, no competing financial interests exist in the content of this episode. Sound effects by Mike Koenig and Daniel Simion. BrainWaves' podcasts and online content are intended for medical education only and should not be used for clinical decision-making. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @brainwavesaudio for the latest updates to the podcast.


Arenberg IK, Countryman LF, Bernstein LH, Shambaugh GE Jr. Van Gogh had Menière's disease and not epilepsy. JAMA 1990;264(4):491-3. PMID 2094236

Crummer RW, Hassan GA. Diagnostic approach to tinnitus. Am Fam Physician 2004;69(1):120-6. PMID 14727828

Dobie RA. A review of randomized clinical trials in tinnitus. Laryngoscope 1999;109(8):1202-11. PMID 10443820

Han BI, Lee HW, Kim TY, Lim JS, Shin KS. Tinnitus: characteristics, causes, mechanisms, and treatments. J Clin Neurol 2009;5(1):11-9. PMID 19513328

Langguth B, Kreuzer PM, Kleinjung T, De Ridder D. Tinnitus: causes and clinical management. Lancet Neurol 2013;12(9):920-30. PMID 23948178

Lockwood AH. Tinnitus. Neurol Clin 2005;23(3):893-900, viii. PMID 16026681

Lockwood AH, Salvi RJ, Burkard RF, Galantowicz PJ, Coad ML, Wack DS. Neuroanatomy of tinnitus. Scand Audiol Suppl 1999;51:47-52. PMID 10803913

Mattox DE, Hudgins P. Algorithm for evaluation of pulsatile tinnitus. Acta Otolaryngol 2008;128(4):427-31. PMID 18368578

Palomar García V, Abdulghani Martínez F, Bodet Agustí E, Andreu Mencía L, Palomar Asenjo V. Drug-induced otoxicity: current status. Acta Otolaryngol 2001;121(5):569-72. PMID 11583387

Sullivan M, Katon W, Russo J, Dobie R, Sakai C. A randomized trial of nortriptyline for severe chronic tinnitus. Effects on depression, disability, and tinnitus symptoms. Arch Intern Med 1993;153(19):2251-9. PMID 8215728

We believe that the principles expressed or implied in the podcast remain valid, but certain details may be superseded by evolving knowledge since the episode's original release date.

Questions or Comment?

MedLink®, LLC

3525 Del Mar Heights Rd, Ste 304
San Diego, CA 92130-2122

Toll Free (U.S. + Canada): 800-452-2400

US Number: +1-619-640-4660



ISSN: 2831-9125