What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a phantom ringing, whistling, or buzzing noise that is only perceived by the person affected. It is common, constant, incurable, but manageable.
Who Does Tinnitus Affect?
Tinnitus affects 20% of Americans, equalling nearly 50 million people. Hearing loss occurs in 90% of those cases.
Treating the Cause
Tinnitus can be caused by many things, and is usually a symptom of an underlying condition. In many cases, an exact cause in not found.
Common Causes of Tinnitus are:
- Stress and depression
- Hearing loss
- Certain medications
- Excessive noise exposure
- Meniere’s disease
- Earwax blockage
- Head or neck injuries
- Head or neck tumors
- TMJ disorders
- High blood pressure
What Treatment Solutions are Available?
Here comes the good news! Tinnitus can be managed through strategies that make it less bothersome. While no single approach works for everyone, treatment options are ample, but vary in effectiveness depending upon the type of tinnitus.
Research shows more than 50 percent of tinnitus sufferers have inner-ear hearing impairment, and a correlation between tinnitus and hearing loss is very likely. While hearing aids act as an effective relief method for those with tinnitus by amplifying external sounds to make internal sounds less prevalent, they are not the only method. Other methods include: sound therapies, behavioral therapies, removing earwax, managing medications, TMJ treatments, and dental treatments.
Speak up about Tinnitus and help bring awareness to this condition. With awareness, comes more treatment and management options. Don’t keep silent, because Tinnitus never does.