Information About Tinnitus
Do you hear a ringing, roaring, clicking, or hissing sound in your ears? Do you hear this sound often or all the time? Does the sound bother you a lot? If you answer yes to these questions, you may have tinnitus (tin-NY-tus).
Tinnitus is a symptom associated with many forms of hearing loss. It can also be a symptom of other health problems. Roughly 25 million Americans have experienced tinnitus. Some cases are so severe that it interferes with their daily activities. People with severe cases of tinnitus may find it difficult to hear, work, or even sleep.
- Most people who have tinnitus also have some kind of hearing loss.
- Loud noise. Exposure to loud noise can cause permanent hearing loss and tinnitus. Continued exposure can make the tinnitus and hearing loss get worse.
- Medicine. More than 200 medicines, including aspirin, can cause tinnitus. If you have tinnitus and you take medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether your medicine could be involved.
- Other potential causes. Allergies, tumors, problems in the heart and blood vessels, jaws, and neck can cause tinnitus.
Measurement of Tinnitus
People often ignore their tinnitus, mistaking it for a minor disturbance. This can lead to an escalation of an underlying problem due to lack of treatment, thus make sure you consult a doctor if you have developed tinnitus, especially if only a single ear is affected by it.
Some people use coping mechanisms such as sound therapies that utilize white noise to camouflage the sounds generated due to tinnitus. Others use transcranial magnetic stimulation which increases electrical impulses within the brain to help alleviate the sensation of tinnitus.
Treatment of Tinnitus
Tinnitus can be a difficult condition to deal with on a daily basis. This is why it is important to seek treatment options as soon as possible to relieve the discomfort of the constant ringing in the ears. It is usually found that tinnitus is not the actual problem but merely a symptom of a more severe underlying health ailment.
Depending on the cause of your tinnitus, several treatments are available to you, including medical options as well as alternative therapies. Several new technologies are being utilized to try and help people with tinnitus.