Too many people are suffering from tinnitus today, and the number is increasing rapidly. We believe that by providing the essentials, we can create awareness. Learn more in this page and join the fight against tinnitus!
Inside your ear you have 15 000 little hair cells, but we only use a fifth of them for hearing sound. When exposed to pressure of some form (water, air or sound), those little hair cells move. The stronger the pressure, the more they move, and also the shorter time needed for the risk of hearing loss and damages. Heavy sound pressure can result in ear blockage, hearing loss and a ringing noise in your ear. Most often, this will go away, but if this occurs again or on a regular basis, your ears might not recover. If this is the case, you’re stuck with incurable hearing loss or tinnitus.
Tinnitus is the perception of sound within the human ear in the absence of corresponding external sound. It is usually described as a constant ringing, buzzing or whistling noise in your ear. The noise can vary in volume and intensity. Tinnitus is not a disease, but a symptom resulting from a hearing disorder of some kind. Sadly, there is yet no cure for tinnitus, only ways to try to reduce its effects. Basically, if you get tinnitus, you have to learn to live with it.
There are very many causes to tinnitus. The most common is exposure to high-intensity sound, especially over a long period of time. This is the case for many people working in noisy environments, attending music concerts or using in-ear headphones for their portable music devices. The closer your ears are to the sound source, the more you are exposed. Also, genes,general sound sensitivity and colds have great impact.
Tinnitus is becoming to be a global public hazard. Approximately 50 million Americans suffer from some kind of tinnitus, 12 millions severally. Studies show that the number of seven year olds suffering from temporary or permanent tinnitus has increased heavily, from 12% to 60 % within a7-year period. Recent studies point out that 50 % of the students in Swedish high schools have symptoms of tinnitus.
Solutions to avoid tinnitus
There is yet no cure against tinnitus. Once you have it, you’ve got it – for life. You only have one set of ears, take care of them. The only way to fight tinnitus is to use earplugs or other ear protection when spending time in high volume and noisy environments.