Have you ever left a concert, party, or even noisy restaurant and noticed a ringing-like noise in one or both ears? If you have, you have likely experienced temporary tinnitus. Tinnitus describes hearing a specific sound in the ears when no external sound is present in the environment. This sound is most commonly described as a ringing, buzzing, clicking-like noise that ranges from mild to severe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 50 million people experience tinnitus and 20 million people live with chronic tinnitus.
Tinnitus can impact everyday life in significant ways. It can prevent people from initiating or maintaining sleep and contribute to hearing challenges. This takes a toll on mood, ability to perform daily tasks and manage responsibilities, relationships, and social engagement. Though there are no cures for tinnitus, there are ways it can be effectively managed. The treatment alleviates tinnitus and provides relief that allows people to navigate daily life with greater ease.
What causes tinnitus?
Tinnitus is not a medical condition itself but is a symptom of an underlying medical condition. According to the American Tinnitus Association, nearly 200 medical conditions can produce tinnitus as a symptom. Common causes include the following:
Other causes of tinnitus include certain medications, head injuries, autoimmune conditions, and hyperthyroidism.
How is tinnitus treated?
It can take time to identify the underlying cause of tinnitus because numerous medical conditions can produce it. But there are effective ways that tinnitus is managed, a few strategies include:
Other approaches to managing tinnitus include modifying lifestyle factors. This includes increasing physical activity, working on getting quality sleep, and managing stress effectively.
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