Tinnitus is the term used for hearing a sound (although, we actually hear with our brain) in the absence of a real sound in the environment.
The sounds heard can vary a lot, from just a pure sound to a more complicated sound. Tinnitus could sound like crickets, or be as complicated as hearing music.
About 15% to 17% of the general population experience tinnitus.
The Causes Of Tinnitus
Tinnitus could be caused by noise exposure, certain medications, head-related traumas, stress or other ear-related problems. We have recently seen a significant outbreak of tinnitus related to the COVID–19 vaccinations.
There’s no correlation between hearing loss and tinnitus. However, people who have tinnitus are more likely to have some form of a hearing change.
In the United States, more than 50 million people have tinnitus.
- 30 to 35 million of those have a non-bothersome tinnitus. They know it’s there, but they don’t pay attention to it, and it doesn’t affect their lifestyle.
- 10 to 15 million people have a bothersome tinnitus significant enough that they look for help related to it.
- 1 to 2 million people experience disabling tinnitus.
Here at AVI, we specialize in helping people who have all the different forms of life-disruptive tinnitus.
To find the cause of your tinnitus before presenting you with some treatment options, we’ll need to do a hearing evaluation.
We look forward to helping relieve your symptoms of tinnitus.