Tinnitus is a chronic hearing-related condition that affects between 25 million to 50 million adults in the U.S. If you’ve experienced persistent buzzing, humming, ringing, or clicking noises, you may have tinnitus. While temporary tinnitus can be common after exposure to excessively loud noises such as explosions, gunshots, loud music or machinery, many people experience tinnitus on a regular basis. Tinnitus can interfere with hearing and concentration and range from being mildly annoying to a constant problem that causes anxiety, communication problems and even depression.
What Causes Tinnitus?
Research reveals that tinnitus occurs when something disrupts the hearing process within the middle or inner ear. The ringing and other sounds that are perceived occur when the sound waves in the ear are interfered with, causing distortions that result in the ringing and buzzing symptoms. Tinnitus is frequent with people who suffer from noise-induced hearing loss. Factors that can cause tinnitus symptoms include:
- Ear infections
- Thyroid dysfunction or disease
- Meniere’s disease: A chronic disease that causes feelings of vertigo and dizziness
- Cardiovascular disease
- Hormonal fluctuations
- Regular use of some medications
Tinnitus is commonly associated with noise-induced hearing loss resulting from prolonged or repeated exposure to loud and excessive noises. Researchers estimate around 90% of people with tinnitus also have some degree of noise-related hearing loss. Often the cause of tinnitus is not clearly understood unless someone suffers from another condition. Yet its effects can take a serious toll on quality of life.
There Is Help For Tinnitus
While Tinnitus cannot be cured, most people who are diagnosed with the condition do not realize that it is a common condition and that it often can be treated. First, you should set up a hearing test and consultation so that a specialist can help you determine if you are experiencing hearing loss that is contributing to your tinnitus symptoms.
At times when hearing loss is occurring, Beltone hearing professionals can recommend a digital hearing aid to boost “real” sounds to keep your brain busy processing actual noises around you. Some other devices are also available that can help mask the symptoms by creating sounds that let your ear focus on external noises. Beltone offers some of the latest tinnitus treatment options, offering special devices and computer apps designed specifically to treat the condition, including:
- The Tinnitus Breaker™ technology that produces low-volume white noise to mask tinnitus and make symptoms less noticeable.
- The Beltone Tinnitus Calmer app, which uses a combination of sound therapy and relaxation techniques to help patients learn to cope with their symptoms so distraction and anxiety are reduced. The app is available through the iTunes store and Google Play.
If you suspect you have tinnitus, seek out help and information about your options. Beltone hearing specialists and our latest technology may be able to help treat your tinnitus and hearing health symptoms. Call (888) 575-2360 today or use our online form to request your free hearing test. Don’t just live with tinnitus; take the first step toward better hearing today.