Tinnitus is a common experience that many people have, in which it sounds as though there is a high-pitched noise in their ears. The noise can be like a whistling or humming or many other descriptions besides these. It can also be intermittent or all the time. In any case, it is something that most people with tinnitus will want to deal with as soon as possible, as it can be something that has an impact on your life if left unchecked. However, it is generally a pretty poorly understood condition. In this article, we are going to try and right that by looking at some of the most common myths about tinnitus – and what the truth really is.
Myth: Tinnitus is a disease
While tinnitus is something a person might experience at some point in their life, it is not in itself a disease. In truth, it is closer to say that tinnitus is merely a symptom, though not necessarily a symptom of only one problem as it has so many possible causes behind it. But to say it is a disease is to imply that it is some kind of illness in itself, which is not the case. It can be caused by damage to the ear, noise, neurological damage or it can be the kind of tinnitus known as subjective, where there is no clear physical cause for the noise but it is still very much there. In any case, it’s not a disease in itself.
Myth: Tinnitus always precedes deafness
This is another myth that you will hear being thrown around from time to time, but there is really nothing true to it at all. Tinnitus does not necessarily precede deafness and the two are not related in any kind of causal fashion at all. Although it is of course possible to have tinnitus and then to have hearing loss later on, that is likely to be merely a correlation and not a causation. Hearing loss and tinnitus are two unrelated, separate issues and while it is possible to experience both at some point, one does not lead on to the other. It is best not to worry about going deaf if you have tinnitus and instead just see a specialist about your tinnitus itself.
Myth: Only people with hearing loss get tinnitus
This is essentially the same idea as the last myth but in reverse, but it is in fact just as false as that one. Just as having tinnitus doesn’t mean that you will go deaf later on, so being deaf or experiencing any level of hearing loss doesn’t necessarily mean that you will then go on to experience tinnitus in your life. What’s more, you don’t have to have ever had hearing loss in order to experience tinnitus. Because it is caused by such a wide array of things, anyone can experience tinnitus and it is not exclusive to those who have other issues with their ears or hearing.
Myth: There is nothing to be done about tinnitus
While it is common for many people who experience tinnitus to feel this way, the fact is that there are always things that can be done about tinnitus. If you are experiencing tinnitus and you are looking for a potential solution, the good news is that there are plenty that can be tried out. If one doesn’t work, you can always try the next, and a good specialist will be able to help you with working out what those solutions might be. Tinnitus is absolutely a health issue which can be fixed in many people who experience it.
Myth: Hearing aids don’t work with tinnitus
While it might seem logical that a hearing aid couldn’t help with tinnitus, the truth is that actually this is the kind of thing that can help a lot. With many of the recent developments in the world of hearing aids, you will find that there are many hearing aids out there which can be helpful with tinnitus, by increasing the external noise and therefore masking the tinnitus itself. There are other ways to manage tinnitus, but a hearing aid is a possibility and one that many people end up going for.
If you would like to see whether that is an option for you, contact the professional hearing instrument specialists at Wesson Hearing Aid Center call at 209-275-1657. You will find all of the information and guidance you need in helping to overcome tinnitus.