Book details

280 Pages
Publication date: September 2021
Imprint: ecoWing
Uso Walter Lucia Schmidt

Up to Your Ears in It

How Stress Changes Your Hearing


The close connection between our hearing and our stress system and emotions offers enormous advantages, but it also comes at a price: Have you ever thought about why hearing loss and tinnitus are often stress-related? Or why the noises from the neighboring apartment are particularly annoying when you have already had a busy day? Almost everyone suffers from noise hypersensitivity, hearing loss or ringing in their ears at some point in their lives. In cooperation with FAZ journalist Dr. Lucia Schmidt, ENT physician and tinnitus specialist Dr. Uso Walter describes how much our sense of hearing determines our everyday lives.

The authors take the reader on a fascinating journey into the world of hearing, from the auricle to the inner ear to processing in the brain. In an informative and entertaining way, they describe the consequences of constant noise and other stress factors on our hearing, why hearing loss should be treated as early as possible, and today’s treatment options even for chronic tinnitus. They explain why hearing is primarily a mental issue and how knowledge of the ear-brain connection leads to more peace and (ear) health.

»Together with the physician and FAZ journalist Dr. Lucia Schmidt, the author takes you on a fascinating journey into the world of hearing.«
Leipziger Volkszeitung

»ENT specialist Uso Walter explains in a new book why hearing is primarily a matter of the mind.«

»Those affected in particular will find useful tips and help here.«

»Up to Your Ears in It is more than just a book. It is a recipe, an instruction manual with numerous hints and answers to questions about hearing.«



Sample Translation


Uso Walter

USO WALTER, MD, born in 1963, is an ear, nose and throat specialist who has been dedicating his work to the treatment of tinnitus for almost 20 years. He shares his therapeutic experience and knowledge about the issue on the YouTube channel »Tinnitus-Sprechstunde« (»Tinnitus Consultation Hour«). In addition, he has developed the therapeutic tinnitus app »Kalmeda«, which was the first digital health app to be approved in Germany. Uso Walter lives in Duisburg, where he also runs an ENT practice.

Lucia Schmidt

LUCIA SCHMIDT, born in 1982, is a physician and has been responsible for the »Leib & Seele« (»Body & Soul«) pages in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung since 2013. The series »The Underestimated«, on which this book is based, also appeared there. In 2016, she was awarded the Journalism Prize of the Professional Association of German Surgeons. Lucia Schmidt lives in Frankfurt am Main.