Tinnitus is when you hear sounds in your ears, even if there are no sounds present. It affects about 20% of Americans. For some people it is an annoyance, but for others, it is a big problem that makes their life difficult.
Tinnitus is not a disease, but a symptom. When you have this issue, it could be from a few different things wrong with your body. It can be from hearing loss, noise exposure, head or neck trauma, high blood pressure, vascular disorders in the veins and arteries of the body, heart conditions or ototoxic medications. Sometimes the problem is never found.
Tinnitus is a noise that only you can hear. It may be like a ringing, buzzing, hissing or whistling. You may also experience mental and emotional pain. It can make you feel very tired and it may make you feel sad, anxious or irritable. It may also cause memory problems and concentration problems.
Many people think that their problems can’t be helped. They may feel frustrated or powerless over it. 20% of the population has tinnitus, but only 10% of those have bothersome symptoms that start to affect their quality of life.
Through specialized tinnitus management, you can change your perception of your problems and symptoms. You may even stop hearing the noises completely. If you feel you may have tinnitus, in any form, be sure to schedule an appointment with your hearing specialist to be tested and discuss your options.