Nearly 30 million people in America are dealing with some degree of tinnitus. Often referred to as a “ringing in the ears,” tinnitus is a condition where people hear sounds like ringing, buzzing, hissing, whooshing, and more, without any external cause of the sound. For many sufferers, this appears to be due to a sensorineural issue making the cause and cure for it frustratingly elusive.
Tinnitus can range from slightly bothersome to completely life-altering, and since tinnitus is most often noticed in quiet environments, it can create sleeping problems that lead to long-term fatigue.
The sounds heard with tinnitus can be intermittent or constant, and loud or soft. Tinnitus can affect your life every day; maybe you experience sleepless nights or distracting noises. Sometimes, it is ear pain that won’t go away. While the experience of tinnitus can vary widely, the effect upon sufferers is often similar: difficult and tiresome. These sounds may come and go, but for most, the symptoms produce a constant, maddening drone.
Tinnitus can be difficult to understand because its cause can be as elusive as its cure. Tinnitus is not a disease, but instead a symptom that something is wrong in the ear, the auditory nerve, and/or the parts of the brain that process sound. Something as simple as a piece of earwax blocking the ear canal can cause tinnitus.
Health Care Associates, we understand how difficult it can be to live with tinnitus in daily life. Depending on the severity of the case, we approach tinnitus management with patient education and tinnitus neutralizing features of specific hearing aid models.
If you’re experiencing the symptoms of tinnitus, we encourage you to contact us to learn more about how we might be able to assist you.