Tinnitus is often described as ringing, buzzing or hissing sounds in one or both ears or in the head, which do not come from an outside source. Tinnitus may be constant or intermittent and/or pulsing. It can range from being mild (occasionally heard at bedtime), to being loud and disruptive to daily living and sleeping.
What causes Tinnitus?
Tinnitus may be caused by exposure to loud sounds, middle or inner ear infections, wax build-up or as a side effect to medications. Tinnitus may also indicate that a person has hearing loss or that his/her hearing is changing. Often, people with tinnitus will have an increased sensitivity to everyday sounds called hyperacusis. Tinnitus is a symptom of a problem; therefore, a referral to a doctor or audiologist is recommended.
Does Tinnitus cause Hearing Loss?
No. The cause of hearing loss (such as noise exposure, ear infections, aging, etc.) is what may be contributing to your tinnitus.
How many people have Tinnitus?
It is reported to be 15-20 percent of the adult population (4 to 5 million Canadians).
What can be done to treat and manage Tinnitus?
Schedule an appointment with a doctor and/or audiologist. It is important to check into the cause of the tinnitus. Strategies to manage tinnitus and an individual treatment plan can be implemented to provide relief for many clients.
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