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Tell Me About Tinnitus

Tinnitus is defined as any noise or sound heard in the head that is not externally produced. For many, it sounds like a whistle, buzz, hum or static. Most people, in a quiet enough environment will hear tinnitus; however, for around 50 million Americans, it is a constant or frequent companion. This can cause anxiety and depression, and for almost 2 million, tinnitus is significant enough to seek treatment.

Unfortunately, tinnitus is not understood very well, which leads to misconceptions. Even worse, many people who seek treatment are told by their medical professional that there is nothing they can do about it, and they should go home and learn to live with it.

THIS IS WRONG!

Research is ongoing, but currently, there are many treatments available for tinnitus. There is not a cure, per se, but there are several things that can be done to lessen the impact tinnitus is having on an individual.

There are many things that can contribute to tinnitus, and often we don’t know the exact cause of tinnitus. One of the easiest things that can be done to help tinnitus is to reduce stress and anxiety. Stress can definitely feed tinnitus and make you more aware of it. Many individuals also believe that tinnitus will make hearing worse, or that it means that having tinnitus means you will lose hearing. Tinnitus and hearing loss can often co-exist, but one does not cause the other. They are often two symptoms of the same issue, damage to the inner ear. A decrease in hearing can make tinnitus seem louder, but it is not the root cause. Fortunately, hearing aids are a great option for those who have hearing loss along with tinnitus. By increasing the ability to hear the outside world, tinnitus is often diminished.

Another thing to remember is that just because no one else can hear your tinnitus, that doesn’t mean that it is not very real and troublesome to you. The bottom line is that tinnitus is a treatable condition. Call the office today for an evaluation of your tinnitus.

Katherine Pollard

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