Five Facts About Tinnitus

 

 

FIVE FACTS ABOUT TINNITUS

 

To date, tinnitus continues to be one of the most common otologic problems with agonizing and debilitating physical effects.  Tinnitus is the medical term for the sensation of hearing sounds (usually noise or ringing) in your ears when no external sound is present.


According to the American Tinnitus Association, 50 million people in the United States experience tinnitus. Even more surprising, only approximately 12 million actually seek medical help. With this information, it is our hope to shed some light on some of the facts and symptoms surrounding this common hearing disorder we know as tinnitus.


Before we start it is important to note that tinnitus is not derived from one cause. Unfortunately, there are numerous causes that lead to tinnitus including, but not limited to, excessive noise exposure, head and neck injury, ear infection and most surprising stress!


Although tinnitus is more common among seniors, it is often found in people of all ages, including children. Because of this shocking information, raising awareness surrounding the facts and prevention of tinnitus is important to spread for all ages.

 

TINNITUS FACTS:


#1 Tinnitus is very common; about 10% - 15% of adults experience tinnitus.


#2 Certain medications can cause or worsen tinnitus. Particularly in large doses, aspirin can cause of ringing in your ears, as well as some antibiotics.


#3 Tinnitus is not just for seniors. One in five teenagers suffers from permanent tinnitus.


#4 Tinnitus is a non-auditory, internal sound, can be intermittent or continuous, in one or both ears, and either low or high pitched.


#5 Currently, there is no cure for tinnitus. However, there are numerous treatments to manage life with it. Many hearing aids today have tinnitus masking devices inside of them which is helping many people improve the quality of their lives.


It is important to note tinnitus is not a disease and in most cases, is not serious. If you have noticed a buzzing, ringing, or clicking sound (mild or loud) in one or both ears only you can hear that does not go away, you may have tinnitus. Please have your concerns reviewed by one of our audiologists so you can find the best relief possible.


Source: lucidhearing.com