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  • Otolaryngol (Sunnyvale) 2015, Vol 5(5): 205
  • DOI: 10.4172/2161-119X.1000205

Deciphering Tinnitus from the Shoulders of Giants: A Kuhnian Shift may be Required

Sylvester Fernandes*
Department of Health Sciences, Newcastle University, Australia
*Corresponding Author : Dr. Sylvester Fernandes, 46 Fairfax Road, Warners Bay, NSW 228, Australia, Tel: +61249546711, Fax: +61249546881, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Aug 07, 2015 / Accepted Date: Aug 20, 2015 / Published Date: Aug 27, 2015


The mechanism contributing to the causation of tinnitus continues to evade us. It is unlikely that our current thinking is progressing in the right direction. The literature on the subject is mounting but with no real insights. Perhaps we are all barking up the wrong tree!

The objective of this paper is to introduce, if possible, a paradigm shift that may produce a different trend in thinking and hopefully change our direction and lines of research.

This is attempted by employing the basic technique of logical thinking aided by modern computer logic and also incorporating neuroscience, artificial intelligence, psychology and philosophy. It is admitted that this hypothesis is subject to confirmational empiricism.

Keywords: Subjective tinnitus, Tinnitus mechanisms

Citation: Fernandes S (2015) Deciphering Tinnitus from the Shoulders of Giants: A Kuhnian Shift may be Required. Otolaryngol (Sunnyvale) 5:205. Doi: 10.4172/2161-119X.1000205

Copyright: © 2015 Fernandes S. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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  1. [email protected]
    Posted on Apr 09 2019 at 10:06 pm
    Very good content
  2. Richard Jacobson, M.D.
    Posted on Feb 21 2016 at 11:06 pm
    Fascinating. Thanks for posting this insightful discussion of a subject which involves so many of us, yet whose understanding is so foreign to most of us and so tangential to the care of most of our patients. The conclusion sort of points out the present futility of the paper, doesn't it. "It is admitted that this hypothesis is subject to confirmational empiricism.". Yet, "Not that complete understanding is possible, the point is to get as near to it as we can, to know all that can be known, in order to stand, if only for a moment, at the edge of what can not." Alan Judd, “Ford Maddox Ford,” 1991 Thus, I admire and commend those who attempt to decode this.