About Tinnitus

by Robert Hutchcraft - Date: 2007-02-08 - Word Count: 358 Share This!

Sit still in a quiet room without making a sound. Do you hear a steady, faint noise? It may sound like a ringing in your ear, or maybe a whooshing similar to waves lapping the shore, or even a quiet but persistent buzzing. If you do, chances are high that you, like over 50 million Americans - suffer from tinnitus.

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a hearing disorder that affects people to different degrees. Tinnitus effects young and old, men, women and children. For some, the sensation of ringing in the ear may be temporary, brought on by illness or loud noise - maybe after attending a loud concert - or resulting from a build-up of earwax. In some cases, hearing is restored to normal after, yet there are many cases where tinnitus is constant, a twenty-four hour persistent twinge that can lead to frustration and even depression for the person suffering from it.

Common Causes of Tinnitus

Aside from the obvious suspects like loud noise and illness, more severe forms of tinnitus may be caused by other factors, including:

Jaw Misalignment - People who suffer from TMJ, where the jaw joint doesn't lock as it should, may experience tinnitus in that corresponding ear Medications - Certain medications may cause a temporary case of tinnitus as a side effect Tumors - Small benign tumors that block the ear may contribute to ringing in the ears

If you experience any of the above, it is important to seek the advice of a physician to determine if your tinnitus can be remedied.

A Cure for Tinnitus?

Unfortunately, there is no known for cure for the ringing sensation people experience. Tinnitus can be a lifelong affliction a person must adjust to, yet there are ways to alleviate the disturbance to some degree. Various therapies and alternative medicines like herbal supplements have been known to lessen the problem in some, but anyone who wishes to seek help for tinnitus should consult a medical professional.

Those who do not suffer from tinnitus are strongly advised to do everything they can to preserve their hearing. The ear is a delicate organ and the ability to hear is a precious gift that should not be taken for granted.

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Robert Hutchcraft is owner of Advanced Hearing Technologies, provider of quality digital hearing aids and repair services. AHT offers hearing device assistance and services throughout the Ohio Valley, in Virginia, and online at AdvancedHearingTechnologies.com.

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