The incidence of “exploding head syndrome” among patients with tinnitus and hyperacusis.

July 8, 2024 at 7:54 pm


Do you ever experience a sudden loud noise or sense of explosion in your head either at the wake-sleep transition or upon waking up during the night? Do you experience abrupt arousal following this, often with a sense of fright? If yes, then you might have “exploding head syndrome”!
It is possible that when a person with tinnitus wakes up at night and interprets this as being due to their tinnitus it is actually being caused by “exploding head syndrome” (EHS)? EHS was first described by Dr Robert Armstrong Jones who referred to it as “a snapping of the brain” (Sharpless, 2014). EHS is often characterised by the individual hearing a sudden loud noise or having a sense of explosion in their head just before drifting off to sleep or just before waking up. Researchers at Hashir International Institute reported that about 8% of tinnitus patients attending their clinic reported EHS.
EHS does not seem to be related to tinnitus, and if you feel that you are bothered by repetitive occurrences of EHS then you may need to see a psychiatrist for further assessment and treatment (if needed).

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Hashir International is an independent research institute and treatment centre dedicated to improving the diagnostic process and rehabilitation programs for patients experiencing misophonia, tinnitus and hyperacusis. They offer specialist training courses, ethical review of research proposals, research design, research sponsorship, and supervising MSc and PhD students.

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