Most people at some point in their lives have experienced a buzzing or ringing in their ears — usually for only a short time following exposure to high-decibel sounds such as a rock concert. But the sounds are constant and persistent for some individuals, with the volume increasing at night and during the quieter moments in the day. Chronic tinnitus, the experience of hearing constant sounds coming from inside your body, rather than from outside, can be a troubling condition and can even lead to stress, anxiety, and insomnia if left untreated.
How common is tinnitus?
This condition is quite prevalent — more than 45 million Americans are struggling with tinnitus, according to the American Tinnitus Association, making it one of the most common health disorders in the United States. However, for some, it is more severe than others. It is most common among those over the age of 55, and it is estimated that as many as 1 out of 5 adults and 3 out of 5 veterans returning from war encounter this annoying health problem.
What forms of tinnitus are there?
There are two primary tinnitus forms, based on potential causes.
What causes tinnitus?
Loss of hearing, which may develop progressively or, suddenly, is the most common cause of tinnitus.
Two significant factors can result in hearing damage, and ultimately, tinnitus: repeated or prolonged exposure to loud noises and a loss of hair cells in the inner ear. Pressure in the inner ear caused by congestion or blockage in the ear canal can also cause short-term tinnitus, as objects like ear wax, loose hair, or dirt can irritate the eardrum and contribute to sound in the ear.
Tinnitus Management Solutions with Doctors Hearing
Tinnitus care in these cases of irritation or blockage may be as easy as removing the obstruction or treating the infection. For tinnitus from hearing damage, however, there is no precise treatment for tinnitus at this time. However, several medical options available for those who suffer from constant ringing or buzzing in the ears can significantly enhance the quality of life. As most people with tinnitus often have hearing issues, a hearing aid would help most patients.
Others with more robust symptoms can require other treatment, such as partial or complete masking of tinnitus sounds with another sound, or behavioral therapy, which may allow patients to disassociate tinnitus from adverse reactions. Tinnitus is unique to all, and the best treatment choice depends on a patient-specific combination of factors. If you're looking for relief from tinnitus, talk to us!
At Doctors Hearing, we have extensive experience in helping manage the symptoms of tinnitus. We offer a full range of tinnitus treatments that will help you get past the annoyance of the constant sounds and let you return to living your life again. The first move is to arrange a consultation with us. We’re excited to work with you to determine which tinnitus treatment is most appropriate for your needs.