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Tinnitus Roars Again

Monday, July 8th, 2024 | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tinnitus Roars Again

By Bob Ferraro, H.I.S

Sorry, but it’s worth talking about again. So many people are suffering from this condition, but there is also more and more research being done on it to give some hope for resolution.

Are you one of the many sufferers?  Tinnitus is most often defined as a ringing in the ears even though no external sound is present. Other sounds may include buzzing, roaring, clicking, hissing or humming. Most often it is “subjective tinnitus” (only you can hear it). It may vary in pitch from a low roar to a high squeal. It may appear in both ears or just one. It may be present all of the time, or it may come and go. Sometimes it can occur as a rhythmic pulsing or whooshing sound, often in time with your heartbeat. This is called pulsatile tinnitus, and your doctor may be able to hear it too when (s)he does an examination (“objective tinnitus”).

Although everyone’s tinnitus cause is different, the most common causes are:

Hearing Loss: The hair cells in the cochlea move when hit by sound waves. Their movement triggers electrical signals along the auditory nerve to the brain. As we age or when we are subjected to loud sounds, these hair cells can break. Then they can “leak” random electrical impulses to the brain. If they die, your brain can arbitrarily try to “provide” the missing corresponding frequencies to itself.

Ear Infection or Ear Canal Blockage: Your ear canal(s) can become blocked with a buildup of fluid (from infection), earwax, or dirt. This blockage causes a change of pressure in your ear.

Head or Neck Injuries: These can affect the inner ear, hearing nerves and/or brain function linked to hearing. This usually results in tinnitus being only in one ear.

Medications: These include NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), certain antibiotics, cancer drugs, diuretics (water pills), antimalarial drugs and antidepressants. The higher the dose the worse the tinnitus, but it can disappear when usage stops.

Other less common causes include:

Meniere’s Disease: An inner ear disorder that may be caused by abnormal inner ear pressure.

Eustachian Tube Dysfunction: This tube in your ear which connects the middle ear to the throat remains expanded all the time, which makes your ear feel full.

Acoustic Neuroma: A benign tumor that develops on the cranial nerve that runs from the brain to the inner ear and controls balance and hearing.

Other Chronic Medical Conditions: High blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems, migraines, anemia and autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

So, the good news: More research is leading to more options for treating the condition. The first step is to try to find your particular cause. And the first step in that is to get a hearing test. If you’re one of the lucky ones (like I was!), it may just be caused by dead hair cells, and that can be cured by hearing aids with masking noise. If not, you will be advised of other treatment options.

So don’t wait any longer – schedule your (FREE) hearing test today.

Tellico Hearing Solutions, PLLC

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