When your ears ring, do you answer?
Hearing sounds in your ears such as ringing, buzzing or roaring is a common occurrence. This perception of noise in the ears is called tinnitus. Tinnitus is not a condition on its own, but is commonly a symptom of an underlying condition such as hearing loss. It can also be related to multiple factors such as stress, ageing, noise exposure, certain drugs and occasionally some health conditions.
Statistics Canada estimate more than 1 in 3 Canadians have experienced tinnitus in their lifetime. Tinnitus may eventually fade away on its own, but in some cases, it may also be debilitating leading to sleep disturbances and loss of concentration.
Considering so many people experience tinnitus, it is often left unaddressed although there are options to help cope with its effects. Oftentimes, identifying an underlying hearing loss and truly understanding tinnitus is the first step to coping with it. Audiologists are hearing healthcare professionals that can help develop strategies for tinnitus and treatment options. If your ears are ringing, you should always answer!