Tinnitus: The Dangers, Causes, and Treatment Options
According to Stats Canada, it is estimated that 37% of Canadians are living with tinnitus. Tinnitus can occur in one ear or both ears and can range from barely audilbe to complete dibilitating. We still have a lot to learn about tinnitus but there are ways to treat it, lessen the effects of tinnis and prevent tinnitus from happening.
Why Treat Your Tinnitus?
Treating tinnitus depends on how much negative impact the tinnitus is causing in a patients life. If you have it but it doesn’t bother you, doesn’t keep you awake or prevent you from concentrating, its most likely fine to go on living the way you have been. If you find that your tinnitus bothers you, keeps you awake at night or makes it hard to understand what people are saying, its time to get it checked out by a proffesional.
Tinnitus can be caused by many different interacting factors. If we can determine what is causing the tinnitus there is a pretty good chance we can do something about it. Causes of tinnitus:
- damage to the choclea (part of your ear)
- hearing loss
- high blood pressure
- Meniere’s diesease
- earwax bloackage
- and more less common causes
What does the research say?
Every year more research comes out showing how important hearing health is to overall health and wellness. Its clear that hearing loss should be treated seriously and early. Our practice is evidence based and research driven but don’t take our word for it:
- about 90% of people with tinnitus also have a hearing loss – Hearing Loss Association of America
- if you have trouble hearing high frequecies, your tinnits is often high pitched
- about 2% of people find their tinnitus bothersome
- musicians are disproportionately affected by tinnitus
The most important thing you can do to prevent tinnitus is protect your hearing!