According to the American Tinnitus Association, tinnitus impacts up to 50 million people in the United States. Approximately 25% of the population of industrialized countries have experienced tinnitus at least once, 10 to 20% suffer chronically.
What is tinnitus?
The term tinnitus comes from the Latin word tinnire (to ring) and is defined as the perception of sounds for which there is no external source. Many people describe tinnitus as ringing, while to others it sounds like humming, buzzing, or whistling. Regardless of its characteristics, tinnitus is a symptom of an impairment of the auditory processing system. The most common cause of tinnitus is noise exposure.
While there is no known cure for tinnitus, there are effective ways to get comfort and relief from it.
One often used technique is to distract your brain with a more pleasant sound. This technique is generally referred to as masking. Basically, use a pleasant sound to drown the annoying sound. Listening to the sound of running water or maybe the sound of a fan.
Many people suffering with tinnitus have hearing loss.
For a person with hearing loss, the sound of their tinnitus is very obvious because they don’t hear normally at the frequency where the tinnitus exists. Wearing hearing aids to compensate for hearing loss has the additional effect of making the tinnitus much less noticeable.
If your medical doctor has been unable to help you find relief from your tinnitus, please feel free to schedule a free tinnitus consultation with us.