Tinnitus is the experience of hearing a sound in one or both ears when no external sound is present. This sound is often described as a buzzing, ringing, or clicking-like noise that can range from mild to severe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 50 million people experience tinnitus. According to the American Tinnitus Association, 20 million people experience chronic tinnitus and two million people experience debilitating tinnitus. Tinnitus can prevent people from initiating and/or maintaining sleep, concentrating, completing daily tasks, having easeful conversations, etc. Fortunately, there are effective ways to manage tinnitus that alleviate the impact it can have on everyday life.
Tinnitus: Causes & Symptoms
Tinnitus is not a condition itself but rather, a symptom of an underlying medical condition. It is estimated that nearly 200 medical conditions can produce tinnitus as a symptom. Common causes include the following:
Addressing tinnitus can involve identifying and treating the underlying cause. But because there are so many medical conditions that can produce tinnitus, this can be more challenging to do. Fortunately, there are useful ways that tinnitus can be directly managed.
There are several ways and approaches used to alleviate tinnitus so that it does not take a toll on everyday health and wellness. A few strategies include:
Our team has the expertise and experience to help you manage tinnitus so that it does not disrupt your daily life.