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Tinnitus

Thursday, December 3, 2015 6:07:38 PM Australia/Melbourne

Hearlink works with patients who are dealing with a variety of audio-related impairments. One of these is tinnitus, at base level a buzzing or ringing in the ear.

 

TinnitusSounds annoying and rather unpleasant, right? It’s the sensation of hearing sound when no external noise is actually present. Patients have described the noise as being ringing, buzzing, roaring, clicking or hissing. It has run the gamut in pitch and intensity—from a low roar to a high squeal. We’ve seen cases of one ear or both. In extreme cases, the sound can be so loud as to be distracting when listening to legitimate external noises. It may be present 24/7, or it may come and go.

 

There are two types of tinnitus. The first is Subjective Tinnitus. Only you can hear this variety, and it’s the most common. It can be caused by problems that have arisen in your inner, middle or outer ear. Issues with the hearing nerves or your auditory pathways can also instigate it, which is the part of your brain that interprets nerve signals as sound.

 

The second type is called Objective Tinnitus. Your doctor or audiologist can hear the noise when he or she does an examination. This type is a lot more rare, often caused by issues with blood vessels, muscle contractions or a condition with the inner ear bone.

 

Tinnitus is extremely common, affecting one in five people. An important clarification- it’s not a condition on its own. It’s actually a symptom of several audio-related conditions. These include an ear injury, circulatory system disorder or age-related hearing loss, noise damage and other ear diseases.

 

In many cases the condition is not audio-related, e.g. stress and anxiety can cause tinnitus as well as Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD).

 

While tinnitus can be irritating, contracting it is not a sign of anything serious, most of the time.

 

There are several very common causes of tinnitus. Age-related hearing loss is probably the most prevalent, especially for those over the age of 60. The clinical term for this is presbycusis. Another common cause is loud noise. From heavy equipment to firearms, from portable music devices to chain saws, the number of instigators is widespread and varied. Avoid listening to loud music for long periods at a time. Not only can this can tinnitus, but it can cause permanent hearing damage. Earwax blockage can also be the culprit. Protect your ear canals, they’re extremely valuable. While earwax protects your ear canal from bacteria by trapping dirt, it can also build up extremely quickly.

 

Untreated, tinnitus can amplify with age. However, when treated properly, tinnitus can improve. The first thing we do? We look into the underlying cause. This can expedite creating a treatment plan and immediately identify if there’s anything more serious going on. Successful treatments will either reduce or mask the ringing or buzzing, rendering tinnitus much less noticeable for those impacted.

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Hearlink Admin