What is That Ringing?

GAINESVILLE – September 29th, 2022 – 

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Do you ever experience a ringing in your ears? You’re not alone. Tinnitus is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It can be caused by a number of things, including exposure to loud noise, earwax build-up, and age-related hearing loss. While there is no cure for tinnitus, there are treatments that can help reduce the symptoms. If you or your child has been diagnosed with tinnitus, read on for more information about this condition and the treatments available.

 

Some of the problems that can cause tinnitus at the top of the image and the regions of the ear in which they can occur highlighted at the bottom.

What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the perception of sound when there is no external source of noise present. This can manifest as a ringing, humming, or whooshing sound in one or both ears. While tinnitus is often associated with hearing loss, it can also occur without any detectable damage to your hearing. In some cases, tinnitus may go away on its own. However, for many people, tinnitus is a chronic condition that requires management.

 

How Does Tinnitus Affect Everyday Life?
The constant ringing, humming, or whooshing sound caused by tinnitus can make it difficult to concentrate or hear external sounds clearly. Tinnitus can also cause fatigue, insomnia, and anxiety. In severe cases, tinnitus can even lead to depression. If you’re struggling to manage your tinnitus, don’t hesitate to reach out to your doctor or a mental health professional for help.  Here are three ways you can help manage yours:

  1. Use Background Sounds or Music to Distract from the Ringing
    One of the best ways to deal with tinnitus is to use background sounds or music to distract from the ringing noise. There are many apps such as Calm and Aura that offer brown noise or soothing sounds that can help you focus and block out the noise from tinnitus. You can also try listening to calm music when you go to bed at night to help you fall asleep despite the ringing in your ears.
  2. Use Ear Plugs in Everyday Life
    Another way to deal with tinnitus is to use earplugs in everyday life to prevent loud noises from making it worse. If you know you’re going to be exposed to loud noise, such as when you’re going to a concert or working in a noisy environment, make sure to wear earplugs. This will help protect your ears from further damage and prevent the ringing from getting louder.
  3. Change Your Mindset
    It’s also important to change your mindset if you want to deal with tinnitus effectively. Instead of thinking of the ringing as a negative thing, try to think of it as a neutral sound. This can be difficult at first, but it’s important to remember that tinnitus is not dangerous and does not mean there is something wrong with your health. Once you accept that tinnitus is a part of your life, you can start to focus on other things and find ways to cope with the noise.

 

Although there is no cure for tinnitus, there are many helpful resources available online and through support groups. One thing that Rescue Hearing takes pride in is helping the hearing loss community; one way that they do this is through their Hearing Loss Community and Research Facebook group, which is open to anyone and everyone at all times. If you’re struggling to cope with tinnitus, know that you’re not alone and there is help available.

 

-RHI

 

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