Offered by: John Wilson, B.S., BC-HIS – Blue Ribbon Hearing & Tinnitus Center
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is generally defined as a sound that is perceived by an individual that does not come from a source outside of the body. Millions of people experience tinnitus. The cause for each individual varies. Tinnitus is a type of warning to the individual experiencing it that something is not working correctly in the body. High blood pressure, vascular issues, cranial trauma, toxicity, chemical imbalances and hearing loss are all potential causes of tinnitus. Recently, many people who have recovered from Covid-19 have reported new or increased tinnitus symptoms.
At Blue Ribbon Hearing & Tinnitus Center, we strive to help each individual better understand what may be causing their tinnitus and help find solutions that lead to relief. Studies from the University of Nottingham indicate that the sooner an individual treats their tinnitus, the more likely treatments are to be effective, and the better long-term results will be. Individuals who have successfully treated tinnitus have reported increased ability to concentrate, increased energy, less fatigue, improved sleep, less irritability and more patience.
The impact of tinnitus on an individual can range from a minor annoyance to an overwhelming burden. Determining the cause is the first step to finding relief. For some, the problem can be as simple as wax buildup in the ear canal, and in that case having the wax professionally removed can solve the problem. Others who may have a medical condition may find relief by working with their doctor to change medications or dosages. Individuals who have experienced physical trauma may find relief through chiropractic care. For many, treating hearing loss can lead to immediate relief from tinnitus.
Ninety percent of individuals with tinnitus have an associated hearing loss, and most individuals with tinnitus have a hearing loss that they are not even aware of. Often, a person will report that they cannot seem to hear or understand people speaking because the tinnitus interferes or blocks out other sounds. is perception is quite common; however, in these cases the hearing loss is the cause of the tinnitus as opposed to the tinnitus causing the inability to hear or understand. Most of the time, simply treating the hearing loss will lead to diminished tinnitus and often will get rid of the tinnitus completely.