That ringing or chirping or whistling in your ears, yup, most likely that’s our old friend, Tinnitus. Never heard of it? Read on to find out what Tinnitus is and what you can do about it.
Tinnitus can actually present itself as many different types of sounds (hissing, clicking, whistling, ringing or chirping) but all of them are equally annoying for most people who experience Tinnitus. Tinnitus is pretty common, affecting an estimated over 50 million Americans annually. Although Tinnitus is more of an annoyance than a medical emergency, it has been known to cause sleepless nights and a lack of concentration. What’s most important to know about experiencing Tinnitus, is that your body is trying to tell you something.
So what causes Tinnitus?
In some cases, Tinnitus can be cause by a blockage in the ear. When the blockage is removed and Tinnitus resolves itself, you are all set. However, in most cases, Tinnitus is actually a sign of hearing loss. Yup! According to the National Hearing Association, “Prolonged exposure to loud sounds is the most common cause of Tinnitus. It is also said that up to 90 percent of people with Tinnitus have some level of noise-induced hearing loss.”
How does this happen? Pretty easily actually. Noise causes permanent and irreversible damage to the cells of the cochlea, which are highly sound sensitive. Many professionals, such as carpenters, pilots, musicians, city workers, landscapers and employees around loud machinery are at high risk. Chainsaws, guns and very loud devices (say speakers) are also common causes of high frequency hearing loss as well. But, I bet you didn’t know that listening to your head phones are top volume for only 5 minutes can also cause permanent hearing loss. Considering the following facts:
- 1 in 5 teenagers has a hearing loss in the U.S.
- 1 in 5 adults has a hearing loss in the U.S.
- 3 in 5 veterans returning from war will show a hearing loss (hearing loss and Tinnitus are the top 2 reported health concerns among service members both active and veterans, according to the Hearing Health Foundation)
- Hearing loss is the 2nd most prevalent health issue globally
If you or a loved one experience any of these warning signs of hearing loss, it’s time to consider getting a complete diagnostic hearing exam.
At Physicians Hearing Solutions, all of our hearing healthcare professionals are fully licensed and trained in providing each patient with the best hearing healthcare options available. We want you to know you can trust that you are getting the highest quality hearing healthcare each time you come to see us. Our goal is to improve your quality of life through providing you with the quality hearing healthcare you deserve. We offer complimentary complete Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations. Please don’t wait, call today, (401) 921-0181 Warwick office, (401) 435-5355 East Providence office.