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Tinnitus treatment solutions

How Hearing Loss and Tinnitus Are Related

Do you hear ringing or other sounds in your ears, with no external source? This condition is called tinnitus, and it affects 50 million people in the U.S. It can be an intermittent sound or continual, in one ear or both. It is caused by hair cells in the inner ear sending signals to the brain that are interpreted as sound. The most common cause of tinnitus is exposure to loud sounds, usually music. With the popularity of earbuds that pump loud music directly into the ear canal, tinnitus is becoming a huge global health crisis.

Hearing What You Don’t Want, Not Hearing What You Want

Hearing loss and tinnitus are related; it is estimated that up to 90 percent of tinnitus sufferers also have some degree of hearing loss. While there are many causes of hearing loss, it is believed that one of the ways hearing loss can lead to tinnitus is by tricking the brain. When you can’t hear as well as you used to hear, your brain will start making up sounds to try to compensate, or guess what it is missing. One of the best ways to manage tinnitus is to wear hearing aids. When your brain is getting the right auditory signals from the outside world, it spends less time making up sounds inside your head. Tinnitus either goes away or it becomes more manageable, and you can actually hear the sounds you want to hear.

Some the many forms that tinnitus may take depends on the sufferer:

  • Ringing
  • Whistling
  • Buzzing
  • Clicking
  • Roaring or rushing
  • High pitch, low pitch, or multi-toned

When to Seek Help

Tinnitus becomes a real problem when you hear it all the time, and it’s loud enough that it masks external sounds or becomes impossible to ignore. If tinnitus is complicating your life, give us a call and find out about our treatment solutions that are tailored to your specific condition.