Tinnitus Causes and Symptoms
Tinnitus is a chronic hearing-related condition that most people have temporarily experienced before in some form. Excessively loud noises often lead to a ringing, buzzing, or humming sensation in your ear. This is common when people are too close to gunshots, explosions, loud machinery, very loud music, or spend an extended period of time hearing noises at higher than normal volumes. But for many, tinnitus is not temporary and they experience this condition to some degree in their daily lives.
Roughly 25 to 50 million American adults live with permanent tinnitus, ranging from cases that are a mildly annoying buzz at times to cases where patients experience a constant problem that can cause anxiety, communication problems, depression, and other serious health risks.
What Are the Causes of Tinnitus?
It has been discovered that tinnitus occurs when the normal hearing process in the inner or middle ear is disrupted. Sound waves are interfered with and distorted, leading to other sounds being perceived such as ringing or buzzing sounds in your ear when there is nothing externally causing them. Research has found that tinnitus is common when some degree of noise-induced hearing loss occurs. Other causes of this condition can include:
- Ear infections
- Cardiovascular disease
- Thyroid disease or thyroid problems
- Meniere’s disease: an ear-related condition that can also cause feelings of dizziness or vertigo
- Continued use of some medications that affect the nerves
- Hormone fluctuations
- Sinus infections
Studies estimate that 90% of people with tinnitus also struggle with some degree of noise-related hearing loss. Often the cause of tinnitus is not clearly understood unless someone suffers from another condition and the correlation is discovered. Yet its effects can take a serious toll on a patient’s quality of life.
Tinnitus Can Be Treated & Beltone Chicago Can Help
Permanent tinnitus cannot be cured, but many people who live with this condition never realize that it is a common condition that can be treated. Beltone continues to be a pioneer in tinnitus treatment options, another part of our promise to be a leader in hearing health. Some of our latest technology designed specifically for tinnitus includes:
Technology that produces low-volume white noise to mask tinnitus and make symptoms less noticeable.
Uses a balanced combination of sound therapy and relaxation techniques to teach patients how to cope with their symptoms so that the effects of anxiety and distractions are reduced. Beltone offers this app in both the iTunes store and Google Play store.
If you suspect that you are dealing with tinnitus, seek out assistance and information from our Beltone hearing care practitioners. There are options available and the latest Beltone technology makes it possible to treat cases that other offices do not.