Tinnitus is perceiving noise or ringing in the ears when there is no external sound. Patients often describes these phantom noises as ringing, buzzing, roaring, clicking, hissing, and crickets. Tinnitus may vary from a low roar to a high squeal. The noise can be perceived loudly, as making it difficult to concentrate or hear actual sound. Tinnitus may be present all the time, or may come and go. Tinnitus is a common problem affecting about 1 in 5 people. Tinnitus is not a condition, but may be a symptom of an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, injury to the ear, or a circulatory disorder. It is not usually a sign of something serious, but can worsen with age and can even improve with treatment after identification of the underlying cause. Austin Hearing Services has had an excellent record of providing relief through various treatment techniques.
A cause of tinnitus is thought to be damage to the auditory nervous system.
Common causes of tinnitus has also been experienced by many people with the following conditions:
Age-related hearing loss, that for many people worsen with age, usually starting around age 60.
Exposure to loud noises from varied environments such as heavy equipment, firearms, portable music devices over long periods.
Earwax can accumulate and create a blockage, causing a temporary hearing loss, which can lead to tinnitus.
Conductive changes in hearing may result in Tinnitus.
There are other diseases and disorders that can cause tinnitus, such as Meniere's disease, TMJ disorders, head or neck injuries, Acoustic neuroma, blood vessel disorders, and various medications.
It is important to have your tinnitus evaluated by an experienced, professional audiologist, who is properly trained to provide treatment.
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