| By Dr. Samantha Kellermeier, AuD
Tinnitus is not something that’s a disease in and of itself but is rather a symptom of some other underlying health condition.
Tinnitus is often described as a perceived sound but does not come from the environment. It can occur rarely, intermittently, or constantly, ranges in sound quality, and varies in its degree of disturbance.
In other words, it does not always affect everyone the same way. The causes of tinnitus can occur for multiple reasons.
Some of the most common causes include:
• Damage to the inner ear (noise exposure)
• Excessive wax
• Traumatic brain injuries
• Head and neck injuries
• Ear conditions
• Jaw problems
• High blood pressure
What it all boils down to is that it’s a BRAIN thing or how we experience things through processing in the brain. So why is tinnitus a problem? It’s a problem because it often affects our quality of life.
It can be annoying, affect relationships, and disturb daily activities such as concentration, relaxation, and sleep. Although there is nothing presently FDA approved for the treatment of tinnitus, a variety of research is currently being conducted.
However, there is a multitude of techniques that can be used to help cope with or change how the brain interprets this sound. One of these ways is through hearing aids. Hearing aids help increase the sound around you and may distract you from the tinnitus. Wearing hearing aids all day may also help you focus on other sounds rather than the tinnitus. Hearing aids can additionally include combination units as well. These are hearing aids that contain a noticeable extra sound to help distract you from the tinnitus, i.e., static noise.
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See more articles:
Understanding the Fact about Tinnitus – American Tinnitus Association