What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the perception of noise in the ears. Whether it is ringing, buzzing, roaring, crickets, etc., it is considered tinnitus.
What causes tinnitus?
The cause of tinnitus is not currently known. There are many different theories as to what can cause tinnitus. Some common theories as to what causes tinnitus include inner ear cell damage, age-related hearing loss, noise exposure, earwax blockage, and changes in the bones of your middle ear.
What are the risk factors for tinnitus?
Hearing loss, age, gender, loud noise exposure, cardiovascular problems, diabetes, head injuries, and allergies are all factors that can increase your risk of tinnitus.
Can tinnitus be treated?
Although tinnitus cannot be cured, it can be treated. Some treatment options for tinnitus include hearing aids, earwax removal, changing medications, white noise machines, masking devices, and managing stress.
What can I do to prevent tinnitus?
If you do not currently have tinnitus, but you want to reduce your risk of developing it in the future, there are some things you can do. Using hearing protection when exposed to loud noise, turning down the volume when listening to music, and practicing good health habits such as diet and exercise can help to reduce your risk of tinnitus.