Tinnitus is an irritating sensation that sounds like a ringing occurring in your ears. According to the Mayo Clinic, it is relatively common to impact 15-20% of people at some point in their lives. There is no current cure for the disorder, but treatments can make it easier to deal with. Furthermore, there are some groups of people who are more at risk of developing tinnitus.
One such example is people who work around loud noises or are regularly exposed to audio trauma. Regular experience with loud noises, like those from construction equipment, audio equipment, or more, can result in tinnitus.
It is also possible to develop tinnitus if you wear headphones regularly, and the sound is set at too loud of a volume. Brief exposure to loud noises usually only causes temporary tinnitus, but more prolonged exposure can make this issue more long-term while also creating a host of other problems, including hearing loss. Unfortunately, tinnitus can cause an increase in stress and anxiety levels, and these two factors are often associated with tinnitus. Thus, you could find yourself in a cycle of increasingly bad tinnitus symptoms.
Lifestyle can also play an important role in getting tinnitus for these reasons. Musicians, people who work in the military, or construction workers are more likely to develop tinnitus due to loud noises.
People with certain physical or emotional conditions are also more likely to develop tinnitus. For example, research shows that people with depression, anxiety, or OCD are more likely to have the symptoms of their tinnitus exacerbated by their mental health challenges. Furthermore, individuals who have Meniere’s disease or ear bone changes may be more likely to develop this condition. If this is the case, you should speak with an audiologist or doctor to examine risk factors and take preventative actions to prevent developing tinnitus.
It also seems apparent that seniors are more likely to develop tinnitus, and that this is something that occurs with hearing loss. There does seem to be a clear link between tinnitus and hearing loss, and seniors are more likely to develop hearing loss, so this makes sense. According to some research, around 30% of seniors do experience tinnitus.
If you are one of the unlucky people who have tinnitus, remember, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Contact our office today, and we will do everything we can to help you deal with tinnitus.