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Tinnitus presents many forms and can be described in a variety of ways by those affected by it. It can come on suddenly or gradually and range from a low buzzing or humming noise to a loud and intense sound similar to an ocean roar. It can be constant or intermittent, affecting one or both ears, and even waking people up during sleep. Those with tinnitus only experience the noise internally, as it originates inside the head, meaning it is only audible to them. It can be either soft or loud in volume. Despite the variations in how it presents, tinnitus is a common experience for many.

Common causes of tinnitus:

  • Exposure to loud sounds 
  • Natural aging process 
  • Injuries to the head or neck
  • TMJ
  • Reaction to medication
  • Emotional distress

Tinnitus and the Brain

Tinnitus is a perception of sound that is not present in the environment, caused by the brain misinterpreting signals from the ear due to damaged hair cells. In many cases, the cause of this damage is unknown, but when the brain receives these incorrect signals, it may interpret them as something harmful to the individual's wellbeing, leading to increased stress or anxiety. It is important to remember that tinnitus is not a direct threat to one's physical safety and that understanding how it works can help manage the emotional reactions associated with it.

Tinnitus and Hearing Loss

It is estimated that 90% of patients with tinnitus also experience hearing loss. This hearing loss is typically caused by damaged hair cells in the inner ear, and can be mistaken for tinnitus. Hearing aids are often an effective solution to help alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus. The more sound one listens to, the less noticeable their tinnitus becomes; as the brain is occupied with other sounds. If you are experiencing tinnitus symptoms, it is important to get a hearing evaluation. It is also recommended to bring a family member or spouse to provide support during this time.

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