FAQs about Tinnitus | Ringing in the ears
Tinnitus is a condition in which you experience a “ringing of the ears” when no other external sound is present. The sound may not always be a ring; tinnitus has appeared as a hiss, whoosh, chirp, click, roar, hum, or whistle. It may appear in one or both ears, and often points to underlying conditions. Read on to learn more about tinnitus as we answer frequently asked questions from our patients.
How many people experience ringing in the ears?
Tinnitus is a fairly common condition affecting Americans – at some point, we have all experience a brief ringing in the ears. The American Tinnitus Association estimates that “one third of all adults experience tinnitus at some point in their lives.” However, 10% to 15% of adults have experienced long-term tinnitus. The US Centers for Disease Control estimates that nearly 50 million Americans experience some form of tinnitus, with 2 million that experience debilitating cases.
How can I prevent tinnitus?
The instances of tinnitus increase as people get older, and it is most commonly linked with hearing loss. In fact, 90% of tinnitus cases are accompanied by some form of hearing loss. As such, in preventing tinnitus, people must protect their hearing from noise exposure, such as loud music and occupational hearing hazards (factory work, construction, etc.).
Because tinnitus is closely linked with hearing, a hearing evaluation may point to causes and courses of treatment for your tinnitus. By identifying the underlying conditions that cause tinnitus, a solution may be possible. If you are experiencing tinnitus, contact us for a free hearing evaluation. We will work together with your physician to bring you solutions to help treat and manage your tinnitus symptoms.