Are you distracted by a buzzing, whistling, hissing or ringing that no-one else can hear? Are you increasingly frustrated and bothered by these sounds? Perhaps they are interfering with your sleep or making the simplest tasks impossible to focus on.
It could be that you have tinnitus. Almost 15 million Americans do. For some, it comes and goes and is a mild irritation, while for others it is always there making every day and night a challenge.
So how do you get tinnitus? Should you be worried? And what can you do about it?
There are lots of different causes of tinnitus, including:
- Frequent, prolonged exposure to loud noises (this is the most common cause)
- Head trauma
- Compacted ear wax
- Diseases of the nervous system
Sometimes, however, the cause is unknown. The important thing to note is that however your tinnitus came about, it is very rarely a symptom of a bigger problem and it does not cause hearing loss, although it may occur at the same time as hearing loss.
There are two types of tinnitus: subjective and objective. The latter is rare and can actually be heard by your hearing care professional when they examine your ears. Subjective tinnitus is the most common type, which only you can hear. It will often get better over time without any intervention, but if it doesn’t there is help at hand.
There is no cure for tinnitus but there are lots of different ways to manage the symptoms, including:
- Distracting yourself from the sounds of tinnitus by listening to music
- Masking the sounds of tinnitus by listening to white noise generated by any number of different smartphone apps
- Using a tinnitus masker built into a hearing aid which generates masking sounds
- Undergoing biofeedback training to learn how to relax your muscles, which is proven to ease the symptoms of tinnitus
- Practicing relaxation techniques to reduce stress and anxiety, which can both cause tinnitus or worsen existing symptoms
- Avoiding stimulants such as coffee and smoking, which both increase tinnitus symptom.
Are you worried you have tinnitus?
Dealing with tinnitus on your own is a daunting prospect that can actually worsen your symptoms as you feel stressed and anxious. Thankfully, you don’t have to go it alone.
If getting out of the house is a challenge, whether that’s down to challenges you’re facing with your physical, emotional or mental health, you needn’t worry. You can still get the help you need with Hearing Aid Concierge.
The driving force behind Hearing Aid Concierge is Wendy Meyer-Eberhard, your Hearing Aid Specialist who is Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences.
Wendy can drive to you so you can get a hearing test at home in Orange County, San Diego, Riverside or Los Angeles. You’ll get the results of your test straight away, which Wendy will clearly explain and then provide you with all of your options to improve your hearing health, whether you’re dealing with tinnitus, hearing loss or both. To arrange your hearing test with Wendy, simply call 949-478-1254 today or click here to schedule a visit.