TinnitusTinnitus is the perception of sound when no corresponding environmental sounds exists.
It usually sounds like ringing, clicking or hissing in your ears. Tinnitus is equally common in men and women and its prevalence increases with age (it occasionally affects children and is becoming prominent among teenagers - 17% of students now experience tinnitus or ringing in the ears according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association). According to the American Tinnitus Association, at least 12 million Americans have tinnitus and 1 million of these experience it so severely that it interferes with their daily activities (hearing, working or sleeping).
Hearing LossDifferent kinds of hearing loss, including age related hearing loss, can cause tinnitus.
Loud NoiseToo much exposure to loud noise can cause noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus.
MedicineMore than 200 medicines can cause tinnitus.
Other Health ProblemsAllergies, tumors and problems in the heart and blood vessels, jaws and neck can cause tinnitus.
MaskersMaskers are electronic devices that use sound to make tinnitus less noticeable. Maskers do not make tinnitus go away, but they are very effective in making the ringing or roaring sound far less noticeable.
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Hearing AidsMany people with tinnitus also have hearing loss. Wearing a hearing aid may allow you to hear the sounds you want to hear better (e.g. talking, music, etc.) rather than your tinnitus.
MedicineSome medicines may ease tinnitus. Some typical tinnitus medicines are:
Tinnitus Retraining TherapyThis treatment uses a combination of counseling and masking devices. Otolaryngologists and audiologists help you learn how to deal with your tinnitus better. You may also use masking devices to make your tinnitus less noticeable. After a while, some people learn how to avoid thinking about their tinnitus. It takes time for this treatment to work, but it can be very helpful.
CounselingThis treatment uses a combination of counseling and masking devices. Otolaryngologists and audiologists help you learn how to deal with your tinnitus better. You may also use masking devices to make your tinnitus less noticeable. After a while, some people learn how to avoid thinking about their tinnitus. It takes time for this treatment to work, but it can be very helpful.
RelaxingPeople with tinnitus may become depressed. Talking with a counselor or people in tinnitus support groups may be helpful.
Turn Off the Ringing Sound - Wall Street Journal, Dec 12, 2010
If there's ringing in your ears, you're not alone - Toronto Globe & Mail, Jan 3, 2011
Tinnitus: Questions and Answers - Jack A. Vernon and Barbara Tabachnick
Tinnitus: Turning The Volume Down - Kevin Hogan