What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is a subjective experience. It’s often called a “phantom sound” because the sufferer hears noise that’s not externally there. Different people experience this heard noise as hissing, chirping, rushing or roaring.
What causes tinnitus?
The most common cause of tinnitus is exposure to loud noise, like music or a shotgun blast. A small percentage of tinnitus cases arise from medical conditions, like hypertension or thyroid disease.
What makes tinnitus worse?
Sometimes, prescription and over-the-counter medications can cause or worsen the condition. But often, exposure to loud noise without wearing ear protection and uncontrolled stress levels heighten tinnitus symptoms.
What makes tinnitus better?
Several treatment options are currently available for tinnitus. Hearing aids are perhaps the most effective form of treatment, which can reduce or even eliminate some forms of tinnitus. Hearing instruments amplify sounds, meaning the hearing aid wearer experiences ambient environmental noises instead of the tinnitus.
Is there hope?
Although there’s currently no cure for tinnitus, there’s always hope! A positive attitude goes a long way when living with tinnitus. Relaxation techniques, an active social schedule and hobbies can assist you in taking control of your life.