Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no actual external noise is present. It is estimated to affect 10-15% of the adult population…nearly 25 million Americans.
Why are my ears ringing?
Ringing in the ears, known as tinnitus, can occur for a wide variety of reasons. The most common cause is overexposure to loud noise
Despite being one of the most common health afflictions in the country, tinnitus is extremely subjective, and varies greatly from person to person. Tinnitus may sound like “ringing in the ears,” but can also sound like whistling, buzzing, chirping, hissing or humming. It may be heard in one ear, in both ears, or somewhere inside the head. It is often, but not always, accompanied by some degree of hearing loss, especially that due to exposure to loud sounds.
Because no two people and no two tinnitus cases are identical, treatment options for tinnitus vary greatly, too. Though there is no scientifically proven cure, there are options that can alleviate the symptoms, and ease the burden of tinnitus.
Sound therapy means listening to sounds in order to reduce the loudness or annoyance of tinnitus. Sound therapy can not eliminate tinnitus, but sound therapy techniques have been used successfully for years to reduce its severity, or even help sufferers grow accustomed to it. The most common sound therapy technique, masking, presents an external sound that makes tinnitus inaudible, effectively replacing the tinnitus with a more acceptable sound. Another type of sound therapy, residual inhibition, can reduce or eliminate tinnitus for a short time.
Because each person’s tinnitus is different, it’s imperative that each person’s sound therapy be different, too.
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Although tinnitus is not always preventable, there are many precautions that people can take to limit their risk. It is also important to note that tinnitus CAN get worse, so those already affected should also follow these guidelines.
Listening to music at loud levels could cause tinnitus, or make it worse if you already have it.
People should always use hearing protection in noisy environments, as exposure to loud noise is a leading cause of tinnitus. This can include loud concerts, areas with heavy machinery or places where firearms are used.
Music played through headphones at high volumes for long periods of time should also be avoided.