3 Things You Might Not Know about Tinnitus

Thursday 19th January, 2017

Tinnitus is a condition affecting tens of millions of people around the world. Also known as ringing in the ears, tinnitus can range from being mildly annoying to completely debilitating. It all depends on how the individual deals with the distraction tinnitus is known to cause.

Here at Darroch, there are several different methodologies we can use to approach the issue of tinnitus. There are also a number of studies currently underway with the hope of finding a pharmaceutical treatment to alleviate the condition. In the meantime, here are three things you might not know about tinnitus:

1. The Causes of Tinnitus Are Many

Tinnitus is a symptom of an underlying health issue in most cases. Tinnitus can be caused by obstructions in the middle ear, head and neck trauma, sinus pressure, and other conditions. It is most commonly caused by noise or age-related hearing loss.

2. There Are Two Kinds of Tinnitus

There are two types of tinnitus, the first being subjective tinnitus. This first variety comprises just about 99% of the known cases. With subjective tinnitus, there is no sound recognised by anyone other than the sufferer. Objective tinnitus, which accounts for 1% of the world’s cases, does involve a sound that is audible to both the sufferer and others around him or her.

3. There Are Ways to Measure Tinnitus

Though 99% of all tinnitus cases are subjective in nature, there are still ways to evaluate the characteristics of tinnitus and how these impact the individual sufferer. We do it through things such as speech recognition tests, acoustic reflex testing, and pure tone audio testing.

If you’re suffering from tinnitus, we urge you to contact Darroch right away. We might be able to help alleviate your discomfort significantly.


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