Do You Suffer from Tinnitus?
Tinnitus* (pronounced as tin-EYE-tus or TIN-i-tus) is defined by the American Tinnitus Association (ATA) as “the perception of sound in the ears or head where no external source is present.” Sometimes it is called “ringing in the ears” or “head noise,” but some people describe it as a buzzing, whistling, roaring or even a chirping sound. No matter what the sound is, it occurs constantly with a person day and night, robbing them of peace and quiet.
The ATA reports that 1 in 5 people are affected by tinnitus. The exact cause is still unknown, but there are many sources that may trigger or worsen tinnitus, including head or neck trauma, jaw misalignment, noise exposure, and more. The good news is, that tinnitus is usually NOT a sign of a serious ongoing medical condition, and there are ways to manage the noise.
Exciting new research revealed at the 2012 American Academy of Audiology Conference shows that hearing aids may help manage tinnitus. If there is a hearing loss in the frequency of the tinnitus, hearing aids can allow a person to once again hear the ambient sounds that naturally cover the tinnitus, providing partial or complete relief. To learn more about tinnitus and the role hearing aids play in managing it, call an AccuQuest Hearing Center near you at (888) 264-2882.