Causes Of Tinnitus
Tinnitus is not an illness or disease in itself, but it’s a reflection of something else going on in the hearing or brain system. Most people with tinnitus don’t know that they have it or don’t know how severe it is, because tinnitus is much more common than most people realize. So many things can cause or worsen tinnitus and below are some common causes of tinnitus that could affect you.
Ear Wax Build-up
Earwax is healthy for the ears, but too much of earwax can lead to hearing impairment and other health problems. Earwax buildup is caused in many ways, but the most common cause is the gradual accumulation over time, which can be due to exposure to loud noise or a buildup of earwax. Fortunately, tinnitus due to earwax buildup can usually be corrected. A hearing care specialist will clean your ears with unique solutions and tools that won’t damage your inner ear.
Damage to the inner ear itself is another common cause of hearing loss. A perforated eardrum is a condition caused by physical damage to the eardrum membrane. These damages include exposure to sudden loud noises, severe ear infections, or damage caused by a foreign object inserted into the ear. Head injuries and skull fractures can also cause perforations. Small perforations may not produce much tinnitus, but larger perforations could cause profound and immediate tinnitus. It’s recommended you see your doctor right away for treatment if you experience any of these symptoms.
Exposure to loud noise
Noise is one common causes of tinnitus. Consistent exposure to factory or industrial environments, noise generated by heavy equipment and power tools, and even live concerts can damage your hearing. Wear hearing protection when exposed to sounds that exceed 85 decibels for any length of time can help prevent tinnitus.
This disease is a rare disorder affecting the inner ear. Ménière’s disease typically affects hearing and may cause debilitating vertigo, tinnitus and hearing loss. Symptoms include dizziness, feeling of fullness or pressure in the ear. Although ménière’s disease is a chronic condition with no real cure, treatments can relieve the symptoms and minimize its long-term influence.
Age-Related Hearing Loss
A higher percentage of tinnitus cases is accompanied by age-related hearing loss usually starting around age 60. These permanent, progressive, and sensorineural conditions are most pronounced at higher frequencies. If you suspect hearing loss, see your hearing care specialist for a full hearing evaluation.
Side-effect of medication
Medications you are taking both prescription and over the counter may have side effects of a buzzing or ringing sensation in the ear. According to research, tinnitus is cited as a potential side effect for about 200 prescription and non-prescription drugs. Therefore, patients who already experience tinnitus may suffer from worsening symptoms after taking some medications. If you experience tinnitus after you begin taking a new medication, get in touch with the prescribing physician.
Your tinnitus may be linked to the level of stress you are undergoing. Although it is not clear whether stress causes the origin of tinnitus, there is a greater chance that you will be disturbed by your tinnitus if you have a high level of stress because it may be challenging to tolerate the added burden of tinnitus. Consulting a psychologist or psychiatrist for treatment option can be beneficial.
In our experience treating people with both hearing loss and tinnitus there is help in quality hearing technology. The new Audibel VIA and Starkey Livio are examples of technology that can have a tremendous impact on tinnitus and hearing loss. Both devices provide the hearing care professional and wearer maximum flexibility to get the desired results.