Why do I have ringing in my ears? According to the American Tinnitus Association, tinnitus affects more than 45 million Americans surprisingly making it one of the most common health conditions in the United States. What is it? What causes it? Hearing loss, stress, head or brain trauma and other medical issues are just a few of the factors involved in both long or short-term cases of tinnitus.
People with tinnitus often describe hearing the following sounds throughout their daily lives:
If you are suffering from tinnitus, there are numerous reasons why you will want to discuss with a hearing care professional.
- Sooner you have your ears evaluated, the sooner care can begin. Some options for care will be based on the severity of your issue and can range from simple monitoring, to audio stimulation. Sometimes prescription medication will be required.
- When tinnitus is caused by exposure to loud noise, it can often resolve on its own, however persistent tinnitus may point to a larger, underlying health condition that would need medical attention.
- If tinnitus is left alone and unmanaged it can create more issues such as sleep disruption, trouble concentrating and even mood changes.
There are numerous ways you can protect your hearing from day-to-day damage. Some ways include keeping the volume on your TV and headphones at a lower level. If you plan on going to loud events like sports events or concerts, consider using ear plugs to protect you ears.
If you feel like you are living with tinnitus, please schedule a visit with a local Beltone hearing care professional. Beltone has also created a special Tinnitus Calmer app that you can download for your phone right here.