TINNITUS & BALANCE
Tinnitus & Balance issues affects approximately 1 in 5 Americans. It may be present in one or both ears, and ranges from a minor nuisance to a constant distraction. At Advanced Hearing Care we have solutions that will help relieve tinnitus and improve your quality of life.
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the perception of a sound that has no external source. Some of the more common sounds reported are ringing, humming, buzzing, and cricket-like. It can be constant or intermittent and is heard in one ear, both ears or in the head. Tinnitus can originate in the middle ear (behind the eardrum) or in the sensorineural auditory system.
The Most Common Causes Are:
Noise exposure (e.g. from shooting or machines at work)
A natural part of the aging process
Head injury (e.g. from a car accident or fall)
As a side effect of medications (e.g. aspirin — see ototoxic drugs)
Many causes are unknown
Tinnitus is usually accompanied by hearing loss, and sometimes accompanied by loudness hyperacusis (when moderately loud sounds are perceived as very loud). Some 50 million adults suffer from tinnitus (it can also affect children). For 12 million adults, the problem is severe enough that it impacts their everyday life. Because tinnitus can be a symptom of a more serious disorder, it is important to have an appropriate health evaluation, from an audiologist or physician.
Impact of Tinnitus
Tinnitus affects people differently. The most common areas in which tinnitus has a direct influence are:
Thoughts and emotions. Some are annoyed, bothered, depressed, anxious or angry about their tinnitus. They think and focus on their tinnitus often.
Hearing. In some, the sound of the tinnitus competes with or masks speech or environmental sound perception.
Sleep. Many tinnitus sufferers report that their tinnitus interferes with them getting to sleep. It can also make it more difficult to get back to sleep when they wake up in the middle of the night.
Concentration. Some tinnitus sufferers report that they have difficulty focusing on a task because of their tinnitus. This might include reading a book or the newspaper.
Reprinted with permission from the Better Hearing Institute Richard Tyler, PhD – The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Advanced Hearing Care is skilled in the evaluation and treatment of tinnitus. If you or someone you know suffers from tinnitus.