Ways to deal with Tinnitus

A new research paper has provided vital information on a condition related to ears called tinnitus. One is 10 Americans suffers from this condition, which is characterized by ringing in the ears and takes place due to long exposures from loud noises.

Study researchers said that those who suffer from this condition hear sounds when there are none. These sounds can be in the form of ringing, buzzing, crickets or hissing. Passing from this condition on daily basis is not easy, as it interferes with thinking, emotions, hearing, sleep and concentration.

Study’s lead researcher Dr. Harrison Lin from the University of California, Irvine along with colleagues have assessed data of around 76,000 adults, who have taken part in the 2007 National Health Interview Survey.

The researchers have used this as a sample to have the idea about the prevalence of tinnitus in the US population. From the assessment, the researchers have found that around 10% of adults suffer from this condition.

Out of those who confessed of having tinnitus, 27% said that they have been facing its symptoms from over 15 years and 36% have been hearing nearly constant symptoms. Hearing the voices differed, as 15% had symptoms at least once a day, over 14% had symptoms at least once a week and the remaining heard them less than a week.

Around 49% have discussed tinnitus with a doctor and around 45% have discussed medications with a doctor. James Henry from the VA Medical Center in Portland said that constant hearing and drugs can also damage hearing like chemotherapy and certain antibiotics.

Henry said that there is no proven cure to lessen the loudness of tinnitus or eliminate it completely. The only recommendations are to use hearing aids or cognitive behavioral therapy. It is also being said that sound therapy may also help.

According to a story published on the topic by Tech Times, "Hearing a ringing or buzzing in your ear when there is no outside noise causing it is known as tinnitus. While tinnitus itself isn't a sign of something serious, it could be a symptom of an underlying condition such as hearing loss or a circulatory system disorder."

Researchers analyzed data from more than 75,000 participants ages 18 and older from the 2007 National Health Interview Survey who were asked if they have experienced their ears ringing, and if so, how severe was it and how often it happens.

"The analysis showed that approximately 10 percent of people in the U.S. ages 18 and older had experienced ringing or the sensation of noise — such as roaring, buzzing, beating, whooshing or whistling — in their ears or head in the past 12 months," according to a recent Live Science report.

But the study's estimated prevalence of tinnitus may be on the low side because "other similar studies have reported even higher rates of tinnitus," said lead author Dr. Harrison Lin, an ear, nose and throat specialist at the University of California, Irvine. Those studies have found that 8 to 25.3 percent of people in the U.S. have tinnitus.

The data showed that 36 percent of the people affected by tinnitus reported having nearly constant symptoms. What's more, about 56 percent of the men and women who had ringing in their ears had experienced the problem for longer than five years, and 27 percent of the people with tinnitus had experienced this symptom for more than 15 years.