Tinnitus (TIN-i-tus) is noise or ringing in the ears. A common problem, tinnitus affects about 1 in 5 people. Tinnitus isn’t a condition itself — it’s a symptom of an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, ear injury or a circulatory system disorder.
Tinnitus involves the annoying sensation of hearing sound when no external sound is present. Tinnitus symptoms include these types of phantom noises in your ears:
The phantom noise may vary in pitch from a low roar to a high squeal, and you may hear it in one or both ears. In some cases, the sound can be so loud it can interfere with your ability to concentrate or hear actual sound. Tinnitus may be present all the time, or it may come and go.
A number of health conditions can cause or worsen tinnitus. In many cases, an exact cause is never found.
A common cause of tinnitus is inner ear cell damage. Tiny, delicate hairs in your inner ear move in relation to the pressure of sound waves. This triggers ear cells to release an electrical signal through a nerve from your ear (auditory nerve) to your brain. Your brain interprets these signals as sound. If the hairs inside your inner ear are bent or broken, they can “leak” random electrical impulses to your brain, causing tinnitus.
Other causes of tinnitus include other ear problems, chronic health conditions, and injuries or conditions that affect your auditory nerves or the hearing center in your brain.
Common causes of tinnitus:
* Age-related hearing loss.
* Exposure to loud noise.
* Earwax blockage.
* Ear bone changes.
Other causes of tinnitus:
* Meniere’s disease.
* Stress and depression.
* TMJ disorders.
* Head injuries or neck injuries.
* Head and neck tumors.
* High blood pressure.
* Turbulent blood flow.
* Malformation of capillaries.
* A number of medications may cause or worsen tinnitus. Generally, the higher the dose of medication, the worse tinnitus becomes. Often the unwanted noise disappears when you stop using these drugs
COGNITIVE CONNECTIONS uses an individualized NeuroCognitive Training and Cognitive Rehabilitation protocol to address the specific needs of each client.
The symptoms of Tinnitus can be drastically reduced or eliminated through our unique process of calming the central nervous system. Sleep and Anxiety issues (if present) are always addressed as well.
“My tinnitus has improved so dramatically over the past two months. I am sleeping so much better and my wife tells me how much nicer I am!!” C.H. 67
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