According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), more than 25 million Americans experience tinnitus. If you have ever experienced a buzzing, ringing or hissing in your ears, you have likely experienced tinnitus.
According to WebMD, “Tinnitus (pronounced ti-ni-tis), or ringing in the ears, is the sensation of hearing ringing, buzzing, hissing, chirping, whistling, or other sounds. The noise can be intermittent or continuous, and can vary in loudness.” Tinnitus is not caused by an external source outside of your body.
For some people, tinnitus can worsen when you’re in a quiet environment. This can mean you may be more aware of your tinnitus when you’re trying to fall asleep. For the majority of people, tinnitus is merely an annoyance. However for some, the condition can have a significant impact on quality of life.
The symptoms of tinnitus involve a noise in your ear. The noises heard can vary from person to person. The most commonly reported noise is ringing in the ears, but others include:
There is no one definitive cause of tinnitus. Instead, a number of different conditions are known to trigger tinnitus. These can include:
This list of tinnitus causes is not exhaustive. Other causes can include an underlying medical condition or an injury. If you have been experiencing tinnitus for longer than 2 weeks, book an appointment to see your local healthcare practitioner.
While there is no definitive cure for tinnitus, there are treatment options to help reduce symptoms. In some cases, treating the underlying cause for the tinnitus will help eliminate symptoms. For others, masking technology or behavioral modifications can help reduce symptoms.
If you’ve been experiencing tinnitus, ask yourself when you last had a hearing assessment? With such a large proportion of tinnitus caused by an underlying hearing loss, treating the hearing loss can really help! To book in an appointment with the hearing healthcare professionals at Clear Wave Hearing Center, call us on (864) 546-5708 or click here to request an appointment now.