Did you know that 50 million Americans experience tinnitus to some degree? Tinnitus is incredibly common in adults and affects individuals even if they don’t have hearing loss. Tinnitus can range from mildly annoying to so severe that it can affect your ability to function on a daily basis.
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is commonly known as a ringing, buzzing, roaring, hissing, or clicking sound you experience in your ears or head when no other sound is present. Tinnitus itself is a symptom of another issue. If you have tinnitus, it doesn’t automatically mean something is wrong with your ears, but it often means that you have been exposed to high levels of noise or you have a degree of hearing loss.
There are many other factors that can also cause tinnitus such as stress, head colds, medications, ear or sinus infections, heart disease, hormonal changes, Meniere’s disease, and more. Because tinnitus can range from barely noticeable to debilitating, it’s important to visit a certified hearing specialist if you notice that the ringing in your ears is persistent.
Managing Tinnitus If You Have Hearing Loss
Unfortunately, there is no known cure for tinnitus, but there are effective ways to manage it. Many people who experience the symptoms of tinnitus also have hearing loss. One of the best ways to manage tinnitus if you have hearing loss is by wearing hearing aids. Hearing aids will help distract your brain from the ringing in your ears by amplifying the sounds around you. Many hearing specialists also carry a special type of hearing aid that have a tinnitus masking feature. These hearing aids will play soothing sounds in your ears that will help mask any ringing, buzzing, or roaring sounds.
Managing Tinnitus If You Don’t Have Hearing Loss
For individuals who experience tinnitus but who do not have hearing loss, there are a few effective options for alleviating tinnitus symptoms. One of the main contributing factors to worsening tinnitus is stress levels. Often times this can become a cycle as the more you experience tinnitus the more stress you may have because of it. Then that stress causes the tinnitus to worsen.
Many individuals find relief from their tinnitus through counseling or finding another way to manage their stress. Some hearing specialists also offer sound therapy which will alter your perception or reaction to tinnitus through the use of external noise. Although these are not a cure for tinnitus, they can significantly lower the perceived burden and intensity of tinnitus.
Tinnitus doesn’t have to affect your daily life. A certified hearing specialist will be able to help you find an effective method to manage your tinnitus, so you can get back to enjoying your life to the fullest. Make an appointment with your local hearing specialist today and experience relief from tinnitus.