Tinnitus is the perception of noise in the ears. A common problem, tinnitus affects about 15 to 20 percent of people. Tinnitus isn’t a condition itself — it’s a symptom of an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, ear injury or a circulatory system disorder. Although bothersome, tinnitus usually isn’t a sign of something serious. Although it can worsen with age, for many people, tinnitus can improve with treatment. Treating an identified underlying cause sometimes helps. Other treatments reduce or mask the noise, making tinnitus less noticeable.
Tinnitus involves the sensation of hearing sound when no external sound is present. Tinnitus symptoms may include these types of phantom noises in your ears:
The phantom noise may vary in pitch from a low roar to a high squeal, and you may hear it in one or both ears. In some cases, the sound can be so loud it can interfere with your ability to concentrate or hear external sound. Tinnitus can be present all the time or intermittent.
Treatment of tinnitus
Tinnitus can adversely affect the physical health and social well being of the individual suffering from it. If you are also suffering from tinnitus, it is important to know you don’t have to suffer in silence. Although there is currently no cure for tinnitus, there are a number of strategies that can be very beneficial in managing the condition.
According to the Hearing Health Foundation, more than 90% of cases of tinnitus are associated with hearing loss. Since most people with tinnitus still suffer hearing loss, it is recommended to use hearing aids to not only help the hearing loss but to also help reduce the tinnitus at the same time.
Hearing aids can increase the overall level of sound which in turn reduce the impact of the tinnitus you are experiencing. A study released in 2007 published in the Hearing Review found that nearly 60% of participants that suffered from tinnitus had at least some relief from hearing aids, and about 22% of participants found significant relief.
When you think you might have tinnitus, speak to Dr. Gessert at Integrity Hearing Center and discuss this with him. He has a wide range of strategies to help you overcome or reduce this frustrating condition. You don’t have to suffer with tinnitus! Please don’t wait any longer and contact Dr. Gessert today.