There are ways to help! High pitch tinnitus has traditionally been the most difficult to help. Now there are products with high frequency boost that can reach and mask the most troublesome highest frequency "ringing" sounds. Hearing aids allow you to hear comfortably while masking the annoying sounds produced internally. Relax and enjoy the sounds of life!
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When announcers and scoreboards at football stadiums say "MAKE SOME NOISE!" be careful. Stadiums have become so loud that hearing may be damaged in as little as fifteen minutes. Efforts to rev up fan excitement have included enhanced sound effects and loud music at some arenas. Be careful. Use disposable ear plugs when needed and protect yourself!
The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented that about 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to the mis-use of personal audio devices, including smartphones, exposing themselves to damaging levels of sound. They have reported that 360 million people have moderate to profound hearing loss, but “it is estimated that half of all cases of hearing loss are avoidable. In addition, the prevalence of tinnitus associated with noise exposure has been rising as the age of hearing-impaired individuals has been decreasing. We need to be encouraged to Turn The Music Down!
Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing noise, most often ringing, that does not come from any external source. Some may complain of buzzing, roaring or a hissing sound. These sounds are heard by the affected individual, but not by others. It is regarded as a symptom rather than a disorder and is quite common. As many as 50 million Americans report tinnitus. The sound varies from individual to individual in terms of its loudness, tonal quality and how often it is present. Tinnitus reportedly occurs in 27% of people between 65 and 84 years of age.
It is generally associated with hearing loss and occurs often in people exposed to loud noise. Certain medications and a variety hearing disorders are associated with the presence of tinnitus. We are not completely sure what the underlying anatomic base is. Most believe the problem is related to deterioration of microscopic hair cells in the inner ear and an interaction between the auditory part of the brain and the inner ear.
There is no known cure but there are approaches that have been effective in managing the annoyance. A large number of hearing aid wearers report significant improvement while wearing their hearing aids. Some use a tinnitus masker, which may be part of a hearing aid. This special circuitry can make the tinnitus imperceptible or nearly so. Other approaches may use techniques like counseling and habituation therapy.