What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus (literally “ringing” in Latin) is characterized by ringing, buzzing, or other noises that originate in the ear or the head, and can cause discomfort and stress.
Although this condition is usually not dangerous, it can be a symptom of another health problem or underlying condition. Tinnitus can cause many stressful side effects, including fatigue, problems sleeping, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, depression, anxiety, and irritability. And so, while it’s not necessarily serious, tinnitus can be quite debilitating.
Causes & Treatments
Tinnitus affects between 15% – 20% of people and is most common in older adults. There are over 50 million people in North America suffering from this condition.
Tinnitus is most commonly described as a ringing in your ears, but the “sound” isn’t caused by an external noise. There are different symptoms for tinnitus, but the most common include hearing a phantom sound like ringing, buzzing, whooshing, hissing, clicking, or even music.
In terms of treatment, there are several forms and options available to the person who suffers from tinnitus. Some may include use of amplification devices (hearing aids) and/or masking instruments that can enrich auditory input and emit white noise. There are also therapies available that are designed to provide relief to individuals who find the tinnitus debilitating and adversely affecting everyday function. While tinnitus treatments may not make the tinnitus disappear completely, they are proven to effectively make tinnitus less noticeable, thus helping the individual cope, and life become less stressful.
We Can Help
While tinnitus treatments may not make the tinnitus disappear completely, they may make it less noticeable and ease your stress and anxiety from it. At Beck Hearing Aid Centre, we offer tinnitus counseling, sound therapy options, and specialized listening devices (hearing aids) that emit white noises and soothing sounds to counteract and minimize the tinnitus. To learn more about this life changing new technology, call today for a free consultation.
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