Well, we are now well into January 2018; can you believe it? While January is one of the gloomier months, it gives you a good opportunity to take stock of your life and determine what can be improved. If you are one of the 50 million people in Lone Tree and throughout the country currently suffering from tinnitus, now is the time to finally make the change.
Of those 50 million individuals with tinnitus, 12 million have tinnitus so severe they must seek medical attention and over two million have severe enough tinnitus that it actually interferes with their daily activities. In addition to hearing a ringing in your ear, tinnitus sufferers also experience:
- Sleep Problems
- Trouble Concentrating
- Memory Problems
What Causes Tinnitus?
In order to come up with a treatment plan for your tinnitus, your Lone Tree audiologist must first determine the cause. For most, tinnitus occurs as a result of damage to the hair cells within the inner ear, which can be caused by age-related hearing loss, exposure to loud noises and earwax blockage.
Additional causes of tinnitus include:
- Meniere’s disease
- TMJ disorders
- A head or neck injury
- Acoustic neuromas
- Blood vessel disorders
Tinnitus is also a listed as a potential side effect for more than 200 drugs, specifically antibiotics, cancer medications and diuretics.
How to Diagnose Tinnitus
Your Lone Tree audiologist will then need to complete a hearing exam, movement test and an imagining test in order to make a diagnosis.
These exams are used to identify or rule out possible causes of tinnitus. If no cause is identified (which, unfortunately, is often the case), your Lone Tree audiologist will focus on creating a tinnitus management plan to focus on helping you reduce the severity of your symptoms and deal with the noise.
Noise suppression, such as the use of a white noise machine, and masking devices have been found to successfully alleviate symptoms. Lifestyle changes, such as stress management and limiting your alcohol consumption, can help reduce the impact of tinnitus, as well.
Making a resolution does you no good unless you act on it. Contact your Lone Tree audiologist to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.