Tinnitus Help in Florida
What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus, otherwise known as “ringing of the ear,” is a phenomenon in which you experience sound without the cause of an external stimulus. Though it is commonly referred to as a ringing, tinnitus may take on many different sounds: a buzz, a crackle, a whistle, a roar, a rush of air, and in some cases, even music.
Tinnitus may be acute (temporary) or chronic (ongoing). Whether in small spurts or in long expanses of time, tinnitus has a frustrating and distracting effect on one’s daily life. Tinnitus has been linked to anxiety, depression, sleep deprivation, memory problems, and concentration problems. It has the effect of interfering with one’s personal as well as professional life.
Prevalence of tinnitus
Tinnitus is a common medical condition, affecting approximately 25 million American adults. Of this group, the experience of tinnitus has lasted for five or more continuous minutes. Approximately 16 million people have sought medical attention for tinnitus.
For 20 million Americans, chronic tinnitus is a reality in their lives. Of this population, 2 million people experience debilitating cases of tinnitus.
Types and causes of tinnitus
Subjective tinnitus makes up 99% of cases. For those with subjective tinnitus, only you are able to hear the phantom sounds. Causes for subjective tinnitus include: auditory and neurological reactions to hearing loss and 0totoxic medication which kills inner ear hair cells.
Objective tinnitus is quite rare, making up about 1% of cases. Objective tinnitus means that you and someone in close proximity to you may hear the sounds. This form of tinnitus indicates that there may be related medical issues, such as problems with the circulatory system, or a vascular condition. Pulsatile tinnitus, a form of objective tinnitus, produces a sound that is in time with one’s pulse – this may be due to blood flow or increased blood turbulence near the ear.
tinnitus appears in 80%
of all hearing loss cases
Tinnitus & hearing loss
Hearing loss and tinnitus tend to go hand-in-hand, with tinnitus appearing in 80% of hearing loss cases. The damage of inner ear hair cells, which are responsible for translating sound vibrations into neural signals that are registered as sound by the brain, may lead to sensorineural hearing loss. At the same token, the damage of these hair cells – which do not regenerate – may be a cause of tinnitus, as they tend to leak sound. This sound leakage may be what we hear as “ringing in the ear.”
Treating tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
Often times, tinnitus indicates the presence of a related medical condition. Identifying and seeking treatment for tinnitus may reveal other medical issues, or by treating existing medical issues, one may find that the symptoms of tinnitus disappear.
Because hearing loss and tinnitus commonly exist together, many hearing aid manufacturers offer tinnitus therapy in their solutions, in the form of sound masking. Sound options range from nature sounds to pure tones of different “colors.” Some hearing aid manufacturers offer a tinnitus program in which hearing aid wearers learn to re-train their brains to no longer hear the sounds of tinnitus.
If you believe you are experiencing tinnitus, it is important to your hearing health, as well as your overall health, to seek an evaluation and treatment. Contact us at Preferred Hearing Centers today to begin the process.