Tinnitus: A Brief Overview

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) describes tinnitus as a condition “that affects the auditory system, which includes the ears, the auditory nerve that connects the inner ear to the brain, and the parts of the brain that process sound.” Commonly referred to as “ringing in the ears,” people who suffer from tinnitus experience buzzing, clicking, hissing, or ringing sounds in their ears despite the absence of any audible sound in the surrounding environment. This can occur some or all of the time, and at varying volumes and pitches. To read more by the NIDCD on this condition, click here.

Tinnitus is not a disease, but is considered the symptom of many health conditions that can affect the lives of those afflicted in many ways. Individuals may experience higher instances of fatigue or sleep conditions like insomnia, stress, and trouble with memory and concentration. In some cases it can be severe enough to effect or even cause headaches, depression, anxiety, and a variety of other issues that can affect a person’s daily life. Tinnitus causes sometimes include exposure to loud noises, related medical conditions from sinus infections to cardiovascular issues, or head injuries as well as many other conditions.

While there is currently no cure for tinnitus, scientists continue to research alternative tinnitus treatments that can lessen the effects of the condition and help find tinnitus relief for those who are living with the condition everyday. To read more info about research and treatments, check out the Mayo Clinic’s tinnitus overview here.

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