Another sleepless night. Distracting noises. Ear pain that won’t go away. Tinnitus (pronounced ti-ni-tis), or “ringing in the ears,” is the perception of a sound in one or both ears, without there being an external cause for that sound. Typically, tinnitus symptoms are experienced as a ringing, buzzing, clicking, hissing, or roaring. The sounds heard with tinnitus can be intermittent or constant, and loud or soft. While the experience of tinnitus can vary widely, the effect upon sufferers is often similar: difficult and tiresome. These sounds may come and go, but for most, the symptoms produce a constant, maddening drone.
Tinnitus can be difficult to understand because its cause can be as elusive as its cure. Tinnitus is not a disease, but instead a symptom that something is wrong in the ear, the auditory nerve, and/or the parts of the brain that process sound. Something as simple as a piece of earwax blocking the ear canal can cause tinnitus. There are several other possible causes of tinnitus, however many are unknown.
Tinnitus symptoms can range from slightly bothersome to completely life-altering, and since tinnitus is most often noticed in quiet environments, it can create sleeping problems that lead to long-term fatigue.
At Sound Advice Hearing Center, we understand that living with tinnitus can be a frustrating ordeal, and we aim to create a plan of treatment that helps you to regain control over your day to day life.