To date, tinnitus continues to be one of the most common otologic problems with agonizing and debilitating physical effects. Tinnitus is the medical term for the sensation of hearing sounds (usually noise or ringing) in your ears when no external sound is present.
According to the American Tinnitus Association, 50 million people in the United States experience tinnitus. Even more surprising, only approximately 12 million actually seek medical help. With this information, it is our hope to shed some light on some of the facts and symptoms surrounding this common hearing disorder we know as tinnitus.
Before we start it is important to note that tinnitus is not derived from one cause. Unfortunately, there are numerous causes that lead to tinnitus including, but not limited to, excessive noise exposure, head and neck injury, ear infection and most surprising stress! According to the website, RestoredHearing.com, many people who suffer from panic attacks, anxiety disorder, depression, or high-stress levels are prone to ear ringing caused by tinnitus.
Although tinnitus is more common among seniors, it is often found in people of all ages, including children. Because of this shocking information, raising awareness surrounding the facts and prevention of tinnitus is important to spread for all ages.
#1 Tinnitus is very common; about 10% – 15% of adults experience tinnitus.
#2 Certain medications can cause or worsen tinnitus. Particularly in large doses, aspirin can cause of ringing in your ears. As well, some antibiotics can cause tinnitus as well as, hundreds of medications.
#3 Tinnitus is not just for seniors. 1 in 5 teenagers suffers from permanent tinnitus.
#4 Tinnitus is a non-auditory, internal sound, can be intermittent or continuous, in one or both ears, and either low or high pitched.
#5 Currently, there is no cure for tinnitus. However, there are numerous treatments to manage life with tinnitus. Sound therapy by wearing a Lucid Hearing Hearing Aid is a common type of treatment. They amplify environmental sounds and redirect attention to those noises instead of the Tinnitus.
It is important to note tinnitus is not a disease and in most cases, is not serious. If you have noticed a buzzing, ringing, or clicking sound (mild or loud) in one or both ears only you can hear that does not go away, you may have tinnitus. With this information, you should always yield on the safe side and seek the help of a medical professional.