A hissing in your ear that sounds like ‘SSRI’

Here’s some news that’s not exactly music to the ears of the 60 percent of tinnitus sufferers with depression; a study published in Cell Reports identified that SSRIs may exacerbate symptoms of tinnitus. The scientists focused on how neurons in mice’s sensory processing centers were affected by serotonin, and found that when those neurons get their drug fix they reach Tommy Boy levels of excitement. Unfortunately, that translates into increased sensitivity to sound, which is not great when you’ve already got a bunch of sounds in your ears to begin with. The research may mean that tinnitus patients will have to turn to other antidepressant types, which are generally recognized as less safe/side-effect-laden than SSRIs.