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Offered by: John Wilson, B.S., BC-HIS – Blue Ribbon Hearing & Tinnitus Center

In the United States of America we celebrate Independence Day on the 4th of July. It is a national holiday that serves
as a reminder of the birth our great nation. Celebrations of the holiday include family gatherings, parades, rodeos, and
of course,  reworks. Many community celebrations in parks and stadiums across the country feature patriotic songs. Along with our national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner,” many musical artists perform classic patriotic songs, and over the years new songs have been written and become part of popular culture. These songs remind us of the sacrifice of countless men and women whose blood and lives were lost fighting for and protecting freedom.

One song, “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” contains the line “from every mountain top, let freedom ring.” Unfortunately, for many who have protected our freedom, they have been left with a lifetime of ringing in their head or ears. This ringing is known as tinnitus. This may be caused by loud noise exposure from equipment, machines, gun fire or other explosions that damage to the individual’s hearing.

Along with hearing loss, tinnitus is a symptom of multiple other conditions. Hundreds of medications list tinnitus as a potential side effect, including the common medication aspirin. High blood pressure, nutrient deficiency, stress, traumatic head injuries, and toxicity in the body can all contribute to tinnitus.

The severity of tinnitus can range from a mild intermittent annoyance to a constant overwhelming screech. For some, the tinnitus can be ignored while for others it impossible to block out. Many healthcare professionals have been taught nothing can be done to treat tinnitus. However, because tinnitus is a symptom of multiple different issues, quite often solving the root problem can alleviate most, if not all of the problem, depending on the cause.

Most people who experience tinnitus have hearing loss. Treating the hearing loss can often lessen or even eliminate
tinnitus. Recent studies have shown that those who have it treated sooner experience greater long-term relief. While results vary for each individual, some patients I have personally helped with tinnitus over the years have expressed that when their tinnitus subsided, they experienced other improvements, such as increased focus, decreased fatigue, less irritability, more patience, and improved sleep. The benefits may take time to experience as the tinnitus is interrupted, or may be immediate, such as when a temporary hearing loss is eliminated after removing a blockage of impacted wax.

At Blue Ribbon Hearing & Tinnitus Center we desire to help find relief from tinnitus symptoms. The first step to determining a potential cause of an individual’s tinnitus is a consultation, ear canal examination, and hearing screening. So if you or someone you know suffers from tinnitus, please give us a call. In the meantime, protect your hearing, especially when celebrating with fireworks, and remember to thank those who have served protecting our freedoms in the military and law enforcement.