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What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a common disorder affecting over 50 million people in the United States. It is often referred to as “ringing in the ears,” although some people hear hissing, roaring, whistling, buzzing or clicking. Tinnitus is not actually a disease, but a symptom of another underlying condition of the ear, auditory nerve or other influencing factor. Tinnitus can be intermittent or constant, with single or multiple tones. The perceived volume can range from very soft to extremely loud and may be recurrent or constant.

What Causes Tinnitus?

The exact cause of tinnitus is not known in every case. However, there are several likely factors that may worsen tinnitus. These include:

  • Noise-induced hearing loss
  • Wax build-up in the ear canal
  • Certain medications
  • Ear or sinus infections
  • Age-related hearing loss
  • Ear diseases and disorders
  • Jaw misalignment
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Certain types of tumors
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Head and neck trauma

Tinnitus ranges from a temporary response to loud noise to a chronic symptom of an underlying medical condition. When chronic tinnitus interferes with your quality of life, it’s time to turn to the hearing health professionals at Live Better Hearing. We expertly diagnose the tinnitus cause and recommend treatment options to calm tinnitus and bring you relief.

Symptoms Of Tinnitus

Ringing, buzzing, whirring or clicking are all words used to describe the sounds of tinnitus. Tinnitus is the condition where your ears and brain perceive sounds that aren’t in the environment. It can be loud enough to inhibit sleep, degrade your ability to concentrate and make communication difficult. Tinnitus may be temporary, but it can also be a chronic condition that decreases your quality of life.

Causes Of Tinnitus

Tinnitus isn’t a rare condition. Roughly 25 million Americans experience tinnitus at some time in their life. Tinnitus itself isn’t a disease; it is a symptom. Tinnitus has many different causes. The most common causes of tinnitus are:

  • Undiagnosed Hearing Loss: Many people that experience tinnitus are living with undiagnosed hearing loss.
  • Exposure to Excessive Noise: Exposure to excessive noise levels, whether over a long period of time or just briefly damages hearing. It can also lead to tinnitus. The longer the exposure the more severe the tinnitus and hearing loss.
  • Ototoxic drugs: There are many medications that can cause tinnitus. Common aspirin is just one of them. If you have tinnitus and take medication, ask your doctor or pharmacist if your prescription drugs could be the cause.
  • Other causes: Allergies, tumors, and problems in the heart and blood vessels, jaw and neck can cause tinnitus.

Tinnitus Treatments

Depending on the severity and underlying condition causing the tinnitus, there are several treatments available to improve the perception of unwanted noise. The most common treatments for tinnitus include:

  • Hearing aids with tinnitus-masking features
  • Tinnitus retraining therapy
  • Sound therapy
  • Avoidance measures
  • Avoidance of certain medications
  • Behavioral therapy

Common questions‍

Is tinnitus a disease?

Tinnitus isn't a disease per se; rather, it manifests as a symptom of an underlying condition affecting the ear, auditory nerve, or other contributing factors.

How can I recognize tinnitus?

Tinnitus manifests as various sounds like ringing, buzzing, whirring, or clicking perceived by the ears and brain, despite their absence in the environment. These auditory sensations can range from mildly distracting to significantly disruptive, potentially inhibiting sleep, concentration, and communication abilities. While tinnitus may be temporary for some, it can also persist as a chronic condition, significantly reducing overall quality of life. Recognizing the symptoms and seeking appropriate management strategies, including professional evaluation and tailored treatments, is crucial for mitigating the impact of tinnitus on daily functioning and well-being.

What are the varying degrees of tinnitus, and when should I consider seeking assistance from hearing health professionals?

Tinnitus ranges from temporary responses to loud noise to persistent symptoms indicative of an underlying medical issue. If chronic tinnitus begins to significantly impact your quality of life, interfering with daily activities or causing distress, it's advisable to consult the specialists at Live Better Hearing. Our experts skillfully diagnose the root cause of tinnitus and offer tailored treatment options aimed at alleviating symptoms and restoring your well-being.

Can wearing hearing aids potentially alleviate tinnitus symptoms?

By wearing hearing aids, individuals can restore the level of auditory input to the brain, potentially reducing the prominence of tinnitus. Hearing aids amplify external sounds, which can help mask or drown out the internal noises associated with tinnitus, allowing individuals to focus more on external sounds and diminishing the perception of tinnitus over time.

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