Tinnitus is a common auditory problem affecting over 50 million Americans. Often referred to as “ringing in the ears,” tinnitus is a phantom sound that no one can hear but the person who has it. While “ringing” is the most common sound, some people experience buzzing, clicking, roaring or screeching sounds. Tinnitus itself is not a disease, but a symptom which can have a number of underlying causes. In most cases of tinnitus, the underlying cause is never determined.
Many people with tinnitus are not bothered by it, but others may have a debilitating experience due to the severity of the sound. About 12 million Americans are adversely affected by severe tinnitus. They may have trouble sleeping or concentrating. For these people, tinnitus is a frustrating condition that can leave them feeling angry and/or depressed.
Causes of Tinnitus
Tinnitus has a number of causes, some of which are more benign than others. About 75% of disorders that affect the ears will also cause tinnitus as a symptom.
If you have recently started to experience tinnitus that bothers you, you should see your doctor to rule out a number of potential causes.
In most cases of tinnitus, a cause is never found. Often, this is likely because tinnitus is tied to hearing loss. While tinnitus cannot be cured, there are methods and treatments that can help you to live with it more comfortably.
If you or a loved one might need assistance with tinnitus management, contact The McGuire Hearing Center today and schedule an appointment for a consultation.