With tinnitus, you hear a noise that no one around you hears. This noise is usually a buzzing or ringing type sound, but it may be a clicking or rushing sound that goes along with your heartbeat. The sound is sometimes accompanied by hearing loss and dizziness in a syndrome known as Meniere's disease. Benefits of wearing Quiet Ride Ear Muffs.
Tinnitus is not a disease in itself but rather a reflection of something else that is going on in the hearing system or brain.
- Probably the most common cause for tinnitus is hearing loss. As we age, or because of trauma to the ear (through noise), the portion of the ear that allows us to hear, the cochlea, becomes damaged.
Current theories suggest that because the cochlea is no longer sending the normal signals to the brain, the brain becomes confused and essentially develops its own noise to make up for the lack of normal sound signals. This then is interpreted as a sound, tinnitus.
Tinnitus caused by ear trauma is usually noticed in both ears, because both ears are usually exposed to the same noises.
- Loud noise exposure is a very common cause of tinnitus today, and it often damages hearing as well. Unfortunately, many people are unconcerned about the harmful effects of excessively loud noise from firearms, high intensity music, or machinery.
Ten million Americans have suffered irreversible noise-induced hearing loss, and 30 million more are exposed to dangerous noise levels each day, according to the NIDCD. (National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders).