What is that sound in your ears?

Many people experience tinnitus as a ringing in their head or ears but, in fact, it can take a variety of forms. You might experience it as a buzzing, humming or whistling sound. Some people even describe it as the sensation of a roaring ocean. It can be constant or intermittent and you may experience it in one ear or both. Tinnitus may even wake you up when you are asleep.  For the vast majority of people, tinnitus is a subjective sound which means only the person who has it can hear it. Tinnitus originates inside of the head and the onset may be gradual or sudden.

What does Tinnitus have to do with hearing loss?

Tinnitus and hearing loss often co-exist. An estimated 90% of tinnitus sufferers experience some degree of hearing loss. Some people with tinnitus may think their trouble hearing is caused by the tinnitus, but in fact it can be due to a hearing loss. The hearing loss if often caused by damaged hair cells in the inner ear.

Hearing aids are helpful for many people who have tinnitus. The more you hear, the less you may notice your tinnitus. With hearing aids, your brain has other sounds to listen to, making your tinnitus less noticeable.

If you have tinnitus symptoms, a hearing evaluation is recommended. You may want to bring a spouse or another close family member as they can be an important source of support.

For more information, please contact Maritime Hearing and book a consultation today.

What causes Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a symptom, not a disease. Although there are many possible causes, some people can develop tinnitus for no apparent reason. Some causes may be;

  • exposure to loud sounds
  • natural aging process
  • untreated hearing loss
  • injuries to the head and neck
  • reaction to medication
  • emotional distress
  • abundance of caffeine