If you experience ringing, roaring, clicking, hissing, or buzzing sounds in your ears when no external sound is present, you could have something called tinnitus. According to the American Tinnitus Association, 50 million Americans experience tinnitus to some degree. Sixteen million Americans have tinnitus that is severe enough that they seek medical attention, and two million Americans have tinnitus so severe that it affects their ability to function on a daily basis.
Tinnitus can occur in one or both ears. It is important to remember that tinnitus in itself is a symptom. It doesn’t necessarily mean something is wrong with your ears, but it often means that you have been exposed to high levels of noise or you may have some hearing loss.
However, there are many other factors that can cause tinnitus such as stress levels, head colds, certain medicines, ear or sinus infections, heart disease, brain tumors, hormonal changes, thyroid abnormalities, Meniere’s disease, and more.
The good news is that while there is no known cure for tinnitus, there are treatment options available. Many hearing aids have tinnitus therapy features that help soothe ringing in the ears and help you focus on the sound you’re supposed to hear. You can also use sound generators, special pillows, or even smartphone apps to play sounds that reduce tinnitus.
If you are concerned about the effects of tinnitus on your overall health and well-being, it is important to see an Audiologist. Audiologists are hearing healthcare professionals trained in the diagnostics and treatment of tinnitus.
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