Question from a member of our community:

Is Tinnitus in the Brain or the Ears?

First up, I describe this in detail in chapter four of my book, Rock Steady, so I highly recommend you take a read.

And second up, it’s both. So tinnitus can come from the ear system, from the outer ear, middle ear, or inner ear where there’s mechanical movements and there’s neural signals being processed and sent along our auditory nerve through the brain stem and to the brain auditory processing areas, the auditory cortex. And anywhere between the inner ear and the brain, we can have perception and tinnitus sounds that come and go. So it’s really happening through the body and through the brain. Anywhere that the nerves are firing.