Do You Have Ringing in Your Ears? You’re Not Alone
According to the American Tinnitus Association, 50 million Americans experience a degree of tinnitus at some point in their lives. Tinnitus can be described as a ringing, roaring, clicking, hissing, or buzzing sound in your ears when no external sound is present. It can occur in one or both ears, as well as somewhere in your head, and it can be soft or loud, and low or high in pitch. The presentation can vary from person to person and can depend on the cause. For example, some people experience tinnitus as a part of cold and flu symptoms. Tinnitus can range from mild to severe. 16 million Americans have sought medical attention for their tinnitus, and 2 million Americans have tinnitus so severe that it affects their ability to function on a daily basis. Regardless of the severity of your tinnitus, you should not ignore it. It can be a sign that you have been exposed to high levels of noise or you have a degree of hearing damage. There are also many other factors that can cause tinnitus such as stress levels, head colds, certain medicines, ear or sinus infections, heart disease, brain tumors, hormonal changes, thyroid abnormalities, Meniere’s disease, and more. The good news is that while there is no known cure for tinnitus, there are treatment options available. Many hearing aids have tinnitus therapy features that help soothe ringing in the ears and help you focus on the sound you’re supposed to hear. You can also use sound generators, special pillows, or even smartphone apps to play sounds that reduce tinnitus symptoms. If you or a family member are experiencing tinnitus, the best thing you can do is schedule an appointment with a hearing healthcare provider.
To make your appointment, please call Audiology Associates at 661-284-1900. Kevin Bolder, Au.D, and John Davis, Au.D are two of the best in Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valley. Visit our website at www.AudiologyAssociates.net or stop by our office located at 23838 Valencia Blvd, Suite 100, Valencia, CA 91355. We are Hearing Healthcare Excellence!
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