Tinnitus is one of the most common hearing ailments in the United States, affecting more than 50 million people.
The staff at Audio Help wants you to know the cause, symptoms and a popular treatment option for this burdensome condition.
Symptoms and Sounds
Tinnitus is when you hear a constant noise, even when there is no external sound present.
Most people describe the sound they hear as:
These sounds can vary in pitch and can sometimes become so loud that they can interfere with your ability to hear.
The aging process and over exposure to loud noises are the most common causes of tinnitus. During these processes, the sensory hair cells in the inner ear are damaged and cause the constant noise.
Other events that can damage these sensory hairs include:
- ear infections
- buildup of earwax
- head and neck injuries
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy
In some cases, tinnitus cannot be resolved with normal medical treatment. That’s when many people turn to Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT).
This form of therapy helps you cope with tinnitus so you can live your normal, everyday life. The hearing professionals at Audio Help will work closely with you to help reduce the amount of stress tinnitus is causing and help you ignore the perceived noise caused by tinnitus.