Tinnitus Maskers at Mission Hearing Aid Center
Have you ever heard a ringing sound in your ear and then have someone tell you it’s because some people, somewhere, are having a conversation about you? Hearing the occasional ringing in your ear is okay, but prolonged or constant ringing, buzzing, and hissing can all be a sign of something a little more serious known as tinnitus.
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is, essentially, hearing noise within your ear, typically a ringing or buzzing. While this may happen on occasion, people with persistent ringing are most likely suffering from tinnitus. Tinnitus rarely just occurs. Most people who experience the symptoms do so because of another underlying health condition. Many people with tinnitus hearing hissing, clicking, ringing, or buzzing.
There are two kinds of tinnitus: subjective and objective. Objective can be heard by doctors examining your ears while subjective is only heard by you. Both kinds can be a nuisance to live with.
What Causes Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is often a symptom of hearing loss or can be caused by conditions such as poor circulation and injuries to the ear. Other things like earwax buildup and age-related hearing loss can cause it as well. You may hear ringing after exposure to loud sounds, like after shooting a gun or attending a concert. Prolonged noise exposure can make it recurring. In addition, high blood pressure, neck injuries, and certain diseases can cause tinnitus.
If you are taking certain medications, such as antibiotics or aspirin, you may experience ringing in your ears as a side effect.
What Treatments are Available?
There are a few ways to treat tinnitus. If it’s caused by hearing loss, getting hearing aids is a great way to kill two birds with one stone. Even without hearing loss, though, hearing aids can be a treatment option. A hearing specialist may also prescribe you a masking device, which can help mask the sound of tinnitus with a more pleasant sound.
Other Outcomes of Tinnitus
Persistent tinnitus can cause other issues unrelated to your ear. For example, it may cause irritability, anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders. From these issues, other conditions can occur, like fatigue and poor memory. While tinnitus doesn’t have huge physical implications on people who have it, it can dramatically impact their emotional well-being. Seeking medical treatment can help.
People Who Are at Risk of Tinnitus
Some people are at more risk of tinnitus than others. This includes people who work in loud industries, such as music or construction, people who have injured their inner ears, and soldiers who are in close range to weapons discharging. Also, teenagers are particularly at risk for tinnitus because of headphone use. Headphones play music loudly right inside your ear, close to both your eardrum and cochlea, which sets each one up for injury and damage.
Other harmful activities that can be detrimental to your ears and hearing include cleaning your ears out with a cotton swab, stress, and even smoking can cause issues. Be sure to take care of your ears and avoid strenuous activities like those mentioned above.
Treatment at Mission Hearing Aid Center
Our hearing specialist at Mission Hearing Aid center is dedicated to helping people treat and manage hearing loss and other issues with their hearing like tinnitus. During your appointment with us, we’ll help you get to the root of your condition and seek the best treatment for you and your needs.