Tinnitus is a ringing or buzzing sound some people experience in their ears. Tinnitus severity can come and go and last for different amounts of time. People sometimes experience tinnitus when they are living with a high frequency hearing loss. Tinnitus can usually be managed with an appropriate hearing aid.
When analyzing tinnitus severity and increasing levels of hearing loss, there is no one blanket answer to this question. According to a recent study by the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, research demonstrates that the relationship between tinnitus severity and increased hearing loss levels are minimally associated. Researchers who were part of this study reviewed “patients seen from 2013 to 2016 and had an average age of 54.4 years, with an even split between males (49%) and females (51%).
Questionnaires included the visual analog scale (VAS), tinnitus handicap inventory (THI), hyperacusis questionnaire (HQ), hospital anxiety and depression scale (HADS), and the insomnia severity index (ISI). In the sample, a total of 12% of patients had no tinnitus handicap… 32% had mild, 24% had moderate, and 33% had severe tinnitus handicap. Results from this study concluded that 66% of the tinnitus patients had very little to no hearing loss, 29% had mild hearing loss, and 5% had moderate hearing loss.”
Typically, when a patient consults an Audiologist or hearing healthcare provider for tinnitus relief, most Audiologists will agree that there is not one mass solution to tinnitus. Many tinnitus symptoms are unique to the individual experiencing the tinnitus. There are, however, ways to help reduce the impact of tinnitus on your daily life. One of those ways includes learning more about tinnitus & the myths associated with tinnitus.
Here are some of the myths out there revolving around tinnitus – and the facts you need to know. If your symptoms are worsening, request a tinnitus consultation with our hearing healthcare providers today (401) 921-0181.
5 Myths About Tinnitus
Tinnitus Myth #1) Tinnitus has no cure and there is nothing I can do about it.
Tinnitus Fact #1) There is a lot you can do to reduce the impact that tinnitus has on your life, such as utilizing tinnitus sound therapy, ear protection, tinnitus counseling, hearing aids and relaxation exercises. If you are experiencing debilitating tinnitus, contact a hearing healthcare professional today!
Dr. Mark Andreozzi, Otolaryngologist with Physicians Hearing Solutions and ENT & Allergy in Warwick, Rhode Island is the type of Ear, Nose and Throat specialist that a person living with tinnitus would want to see. Voted one of Rhode Island Monthly’s 2020 ENT Top Doctors, Dr. Andreozzi helps patients find relief for their own version of tinnitus, in addition to an array of ear, nose and throat conditions.
Tinnitus Myth #2) There are pills that will provide a tinnitus cure.
Tinnitus Fact #3) Hearing aids are one of the most effective ways to beat tinnitus. Hearing aids provide maximum amplification for very quiet environments thus reducing the contrast between tinnitus and silence, as well as working to limit the overall loudness of sound delivered to the ear in noisier environments, which may be critical for people with hearing loss.
Tinnitus Myth #4) Tinnitus and hearing loss aren’t linked.
Tinnitus Fact #4) It is true that many people who experience high frequency hearing loss (very popular type of hearing loss) will also experience tinnitus. In fact, according to The British Tinnitus Association, 90% of people who experience tinnitus also have some level of hearing loss.
Tinnitus Myth #5) “I never listened to loud music, so I won’t get tinnitus.”
Tinnitus Fact #5) Unfortunately, exposure to loud noise is only one cause of tinnitus, but there are many more.
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