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Tinnitus - What you should know

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus - What you should know

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the medical term for the sensation of hearing sound in your ears when no external sound is present. It affects nearly 9.2 million Canadians. Most describe the sound as ringing, though others describe it as hissing, buzzing, whistling, roaring or chirping.

For some, tinnitus is mild or intermittent. For others, it's severe and can have a profound impact on their quality of life. For everyone, finding tinnitus relief is important.

Did you know?

  • Younger individuals aged 19 to 29 years were more likely than individuals in the older age groups to have experienced tinnitus
  • About 15% of people with tinnitus also have experienced hearing loss
  • People who experience both hearing loss and tinnitus were twice as likely to use hearing aids as those with hearing loss alone
  • Ear disorders, mostly noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus, were the most common Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) disability.

What causes tinnitus?

The exact physical cause of tinnitus is not known, but several sources can trigger it or make it worse, including:

  • Loud noises and hearing loss – Exposure to loud noises can destroy the non-regenerative cilia (tiny hairs) in the cochlea, causing permanent tinnitus and/or hearing loss.
  • Aging – As you age, those same cilia gradually deteriorate, which can lead to tinnitus and/or hearing loss.
  • Ototoxic medications – Some prescription medications such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and antidepressants are harmful to the inner ear as well as the nerve fibers connecting the cochlea to the brain.
  • Hearing conditions – Disorders like otosclerosis and Ménière’s disease are known to cause tinnitus.
  • Health conditions – Tinnitus can also be a symptom of health conditions like cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stress and head injuries.

Is there a cure?

Currently, there is no known tinnitus cure. But according to the American Tinnitus Association, there are recommended ways to get relief, including counseling and sound therapy.

Proven tinnitus relief products are an effective part of any sound therapy. They utilize a customizable and comforting sound stimulus to soothe the annoying noises associated with tinnitus.

What should you do if you think you have tinnitus?

The first step is to visit a hearing healthcare professional for a clinical evaluation.

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  1. Source: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/82-003-x/2019003/article/00001-eng.htm
  2. Source: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/82-003-x/2019003/article/00001-eng.htm
  3. Source: https://jmvfh.utpjournals.press/doi/full/10.3138/jmvfh.4030