Tinnitus

Tinnitus

Tinnitus is also known as “ringing in the ears” because of what it sounds like to people who have it. Tinnitus does not cause hearing loss, but people with hearing loss can have tinnitus. Conversely, tinnitus can also be a symptom of hearing loss.

Overview

Tinnitus is when people think they listen something in their ears but there is actually no sound listen by them. People with tinnitus actually do “hear” noises that range from a whistle to a roar. It can happen only occasionally, can occur for a period of days then take a break before repeat again, or it can be constant. The sound can changes in pitch from quiet to intolerable loud, or it can stay the same.

Causes

The most common reason of tinnitus is exposure to loud sound, such as bomb blasts or loud music. Other causes include:

  • Head injuries
  • Tumors on the auditory nerve
  • Ototoxic drugs
  • Meniere’s Disease

 

Something happens in the brain to cause tinnitus, but the cause is not definitely known. One theory is that in response to the loss of sensory hair cells in the ear, the brain may order the remaining hair cells to be more sensitive to sound.

Treatment

Tinnitus can be handling through a variety of techniques and procedure. One of the most common techniques is tinnitus masking. Tinnitus masking is a form of sound therapy, which uses sound to mask or “cancel out” the tinnitus. Therapy can involve the use of ear-level of hearing aid. Additional helpful treatment methods include biofeedback and reduce stress. For those with both hearing loss and severe tinnitus cochlear Implant will be helpful.

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