Do I Have Tinnitus?
A number of articles have come out in recent years about tinnitus. You might be wondering if you have this chronic condition, and if so what you can do about it.
Here is a list of questions about the phantom noise that afflicts approximately 50 million people in the US alone. Use them to help you decide whether it’s time to see a hearing care professional for a formal diagnosis. We suggest you jot down your responses for future reference.
- Do you hear constantly hear a noise even when there is no external source for it?
- If yes, how would you describe the sound?
- Is the volume high enough to hear even over other sounds around you?
- Do you hear the noise constantly, intermittently, or only once in awhile?
- Does the sound keep you awake at night?
- Have you heard the sound for at least three months?
- Have you heard the sound for 12 months or longer?
- Did you start to hear the noise after exposure to a loud event, e.g., a rock concert, spending time at a shooting range?
- Had you taken any new medications before you began noticing the noise in your ears?
- Do you have a problem with significant wax buildup in your ears?
- Have you been diagnosed with any of the following:
- Meniere’s disease
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (aka TMD or TMJ)
- Hearing loss
- Psychological disorder (e.g., anxiety, chronic stress, depression)
- Concussion or other brain injury
- Are you avoiding activities and social situations you used to enjoy?
If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, you might have tinnitus. Tinnitus takes different forms and its effects are unique to each sufferer. And although for most types there is no complete cure, many effective treatment options are available to alleviate your discomfort.
We recommend you begin by spending some time reading through our comprehensive tinnitus information presented on our website. Once you’ve done your research, contact a hearing care professional and make an appointment for a formal assessment of your condition. They’ll let you know whether our hearing aids with a tinnitus therapy feature can effectively treat your tinnitus and provide you with the relief you seek.
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