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What Is Tinnitus and How to Manage It

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What Is Tinnitus and How to Manage It

Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing noise even when there isn’t any. The perception of this sound is different for everyone. Some people experience it as a buzzing and hissing, while others hear whistling and swooshing. However, tinnitus isn’t as much a condition as it is a symptom of an underlying condition, such as an ear injury or hearing loss. 
 
If you suffer from tinnitus, know that you’re not alone. In fact: 

  • 20 million people struggle with chronic tinnitus
  • 40% of people with tinnitus experience it 80% of their day
  • 2 million people have extreme and debilitating tinnitus

 

Infographic about what tinnitus is. Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no actual external noise is present. It is not a disease in and of itself, but rather a symptom of some other underlying health condition. Common causes of tinnitus are middle ear blockage, hearing loss, sinus pressure, head and neck trauma, and traumatic brain injury. People with tinnitus often experience depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, distress, pain, and irritability. What can be done to help manage tinnitus? Treat an underlying health condition, try white noise to help mask the sound, manage medications that may cause tinnitus. SleepPhones comfortable sleep headphones are headphones that can be used to mask tinnitus or fall asleep with tinnitus.

 

The Difference Between Hyperacusis and Tinnitus

Check out our blog post about the causes of hyperacusis and how to treat it.

Trouble Sleeping With Tinnitus

Falling asleep with tinnitus can seem hopeless. Check out our latest blog post with tips for sleeping with tinnitus for help.

Ready to Manage Your Tinnitus?

As it stands, there is no medication that can cure tinnitus. However, there are a variety of ways to treat and manage it. Because medication can come with an array of adverse side effects, we recommend asking your doctor about using SleepPhones® with masking sounds. Click here to browse our selection.

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