About Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears):
What is Tinnitus?
According to the American Tinnitus Association, Tinnitus is “the perception of sound in one or both ears or in the head when no external sound is present. It is often referred to as ‘ringing in the ears’, although some people hear hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping or clicking. Tinnitus can be intermittent or constant – with single or multiple tones.” The following YouTube video helps to describe this condition. Please be aware that this video does contain a sampling of tinnitus sounds, so adjust the volume if you are sensitive to those sounds.
This video was developed by the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR) at Portland VA Medical Center, and funded by the Joint Incentive Fund (JIF)
What Causes Tinnitus (A.K.A. Ringing in the Ears)?
The exact cause of tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is unknown, and will vary on an individual basis. According to WebMD, prolonged exposure to loud sounds is the most common cause of ringing in the ears. Up to 90% of people with tinnitus have some level of noise-induced hearing loss. Tinnitus can worsen in some people if they drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, drink caffeinated beverages, or eat certain foods. For reasons not yet entirely clear to researchers, stress and fatigue seem to worsen tinnitus.
The Physicians’ Desk Reference (PDR) cites the following causes of Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears:
|Environmental noise||Physical conditions||Drugs|
|Woodworking tools||Ear conditions (ear wax, hole in eardrums)||Aspirin|
|Firecrackers||Injury to head or neck||Stimulants (e.g., coffee, tea, cola, tobacco)|
|Rock concerts/ loud musical events||Tumor|
How Many People Suffer from Ringing in the Ears?
The Mayo Clinic estimates that one in five Americans suffer from the symptoms of tinnitus. Older adults are more likely to experience tinnitus, as age-related hearing loss may start to come in effect. However, tinnitus does not discriminate, and it can affect anyone.
What Can Be Done to Avoid Tinnitus?
A number of things can be done to avoid tinnitus. Most importantly, avoid loud noises whenever possible. For anyone using loud appliances or equipment (lawn mowers, leaf blowers, heavy equipment, etc.) or who work or play in noisy environments, wear earmuffs wherever possible (or earplugs if more practical). In addition, keep the volume low when using personal headphones, and avoid playing music at a level that is too loud.
While tinnitus is not fatal, constant or intermittent ringing in the ears is certainly difficult, and can affect one’s quality of life immensely. Ringing in the ears can be an annoying constant to deal with, and can be completely debilitating at its loudest. Sufferers of tinnitus often have trouble sleeping, and have their daily routines inhibited by the annoying noise. Tinnitus can take a toll on relationships, on work productivity, and in the enjoyment of even the simplest tasks. Ring Relief® is here to help. The Ring Relief® testimonials on this page are from actual Ring Relief® users – in their real words.