Is Tinnitus Serious?
Tinnitus can be described as unwanted noise in one’s ears which can be mildly disturbing to so loud it hampers everyday life.
Tinnitus can be described as the sense of hearing a sound in both ears, in one ear, or in the head in the absence of an actual sound. It is also commonly termed as ringing in the ears.
The hearing perception is often described as whistling, hissing, or buzzing sound. Tinnitus can be precipitated by a number of other disease conditions and some of these conditions include stress, ear disorders, ear infections, head and neck disorders, blood circulation issues, Meniere’s disease, otosclerosis (stiffening of the small bones in the middle ear) side effects of some medications or hormonal changes.
Tinnitus can also be the first symptom of an impending loss in the hearing ability which is related to aging. There are also other medical conditions that have been reported to be associated with tinnitus.
They include high blood pressure, anemia, cardiovascular diseases, circulatory problems, and neck or jaw problems. It may also arise due to complications arising from head and neck surgeries.
Hence, it is expedient to seek professional help in order to decipher the course and how best it can be managed. Tinnitus could be a short experience that can be experienced when exposed to a lot of noise such as those experienced in concerts.
Yet again it could be a persistent condition as it has been reported that an estimated number of 6 million people suffer from persistent tinnitus in the United Kingdom. It is however experienced more by people over the age of 65.
Tinnitus is yet to have any known permanent cure but its symptoms are capable of being managed by lifestyle changes and some highly recommended remedies. Some of these proactive steps include avoiding noisy areas or protecting your ears with earmuffs or earplugs.
Although tinnitus can rarely be a sign of a serious underlying condition, it can oftentimes become a serious and continuous condition that causes a significant impact on how each day is spent. Severe cases of tinnitus have been known to cause distress, insomnia, depression, and even affect concentration and focus.