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4 Facts About Tinnitus

Tinnitus Sufferer

One of the most common hearing problems today is tinnitus. It's usually considered to be a harmless issue that goes away in time, but for some people, this otologic problem has some debilitating effects that last for years. As an audiologist will tell you, tinnitus is the term for the ringing or buzzing heard in the ear despite the lack of external sound and influence. It can cause some severe problems with isolation in the person who is coping with it, and it's not as uncommon as you'd think.

Asking for help

At the moment, there are more than 50 million people in the United States that have or currently experience tinnitus. This may sound like a lot, but it's less than half of this amount that seeks help for the ringing that they can hear. Instead, people prefer to ignore it and hope it goes away on its own, but as tinnitus doesn't come from just one cause, it's difficult for it to go away because you can't locate the trigger on your own.

Causes of tinnitus

With the help of a certified audiologist, though, you can learn where your tinnitus comes from. Tinnitus can occur in those exposed to loud music or building work, those who have had a head or neck injury, and even stress can cause tinnitus. With all of this in mind, let's take a look at four critical facts about tinnitus that may surprise you!

Medications can make it worse

Tinnitus is not something that medication can fix, which is why it's essential to see an audiologist when you suspect you are suffering from tinnitus. In large doses, certain medicines - like aspirin - can actually cause tinnitus.

Tinnitus affects all ages

It's considered to be a condition of the elderly, but tinnitus affects 1 in 5 teenagers, too. Adults who are exposed to loud music over a significant number of years can also suffer from tinnitus. It's not just caused by age, and it's essential to know this.

It's a non-auditory sound

As tinnitus has no physical source of sound outside the ears, you're likely to hear ringing or buzzing in one or two ears. It can be continuous, or you can suffer with it intermittently.

Tinnitus does not have a cure

There are plenty of treatments out there that your audiologist can advise you on, but there is no cure for tinnitus. Hearing aids and sound therapy can help, as they amplify the sounds around you and essentially 'cover' the sound of the tinnitus in your ears.

The most important thing to remember is that you are not suffering from a disease if you are diagnosed with tinnitus. It's not pleasant, but in most cases, it's not severe and will go away eventually. If you ever notice a ringing or clicking in one or two ears, you need to seek help from an audiologist who is qualified to tell you what to do next.