According to the American Tinnitus Association, ringing in your ears, or tinnitus, is overwhelmingly connected to some level of hearing loss. Most people develop tinnitus as a symptom of hearing loss, caused either by age, long-term hearing damage, or acute trauma to the auditory system. According to the general scientific consensus, hearing loss keeps fewer sounds from reaching the brain. In response, the brain undergoes changes in how it processes different sound frequencies. Tinnitus is the product of these changes.
If you suffer from ringing in your ears, or tinnitus, keeping stress levels down and inducing relaxation may help you cope better with your tinnitus, promote better sleep, improve your concentration ability, and reduce anxiety and tension.
According to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), tinnitus affects approximately 50 million Americans to some degree, usually as a sound that only you can hear. People often describe their tinnitus as buzzing, ringing, white noise, crickets chirping and/or a roaring sound. Although these descriptions are typical, each individual’s experience can be different, and is an important clue that you need to pay attention to your hearing.
Tinnitus, a persistent and annoying ringing sensation in the ears, is one of the most common, yet frustrating audiological conditions many patients face. In fact, according to the American Tinnitus Association, as many as 2 to 3 million people cannot function “normally” on a day-to-day basis due to their tinnitus.
Tinnitus is described as a condition where a patient hears ringing and buzzing in their ears, despite no outside noise being present. Often, cases of tinnitus induce stress and depression in the individual suffering from the condition.
Where is it written that hearing loss and hearing disorders mean the end of your social and professional life? Nowhere. That’s old-fashioned thinking. Technology has come a long way, and you’d be surprised to learn how many people have gone on to live full lives while also leading successful careers with hearing loss.
Try to imagine living your life with a constant ringing in your ears. It would drive you mad, wouldn’t it? Soon, even simple tasks would seem impossible. This feeling commonly affects those who suffer from severe tinnitus.
May 16 kicks off Tinnitus Awareness Week, and so it only seems fitting that we dedicate time to an issue that affects roughly 20 million adults. For such a broad-reaching issue — one of the most common health conditions throughout the United States — tinnitus is often misunderstood by Americans.