Do All People with Tinnitus Suffer
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Do All People with Tinnitus Suffer

What you need to know about Tinnitus. How to deal with Tinnitus.

Tinnitus is an ear condition characterized by swishing, ringing, or hearing other sounds and noise that seem to originate from the ear or from the head. Many of us have already experienced temporary Tinnitus at one time or another, such as when we hear explosion or when we sit near a loud speaker. However, this is different from the permanent Tinnitus experienced by other people. The National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) estimated that around 12% of men and 14% of women between 65 and 75 years of age have Tinnitus. This high prevalence causes a lot of people to ask if all people with Tinnitus suffer.

Tinnitus can be annoying and disturbing. In most cases, it is not considered a serious or life-threatening condition but rather a nuisance. Thus, we can say that not all people with Tinnitus suffer. In fact, according to the NIDCD, 12 million Americans have been diagnosed with Tinnitus and only 1 million suffer from it so severely in such a way that their condition is already interfering with their daily activities. For people with chronic Tinnitus, surgical or medical procedure may be required.

When does a person suffer from Tinnitus?

Tinnitus sufferer can be defined in two ways. One is a sufferer who merely experiences Tinnitus. In this case, there are around 50 million people in the USA who suffer from Tinnitus. This is equivalent to 20% of the USA population. Of this figure, around 2.5 million people suffer from Tinnitus in more serious condition. These people experience Tinnitus to a debilitating degree; these are the people who truly suffer from Tinnitus. The question now is what causes Tinnitus? It is very important to answer this question since not all people diagnosed with Tinnitus actually suffers from it. Some people with exactly the same pitch, timbre, loudness, etc. might be debilitated by the condition while others might be simply annoyed with it.

Using that logic, we can say that Tinnitus is not the only thing that determines whether or not a person suffers from it. The suffering can also be mainly affected by the person’s reaction with the condition. This means that the more grating and louder the Tinnitus is, the more likely that the person gets affected.

There are ways in reducing the effects of Tinnitus, if not totally eliminating them. You can avoid exposure to loud sounds or use protective ear gear when you know you will be exposed; you can also stay away from foods that cause the attacks; and you should also avoid medicines that can possibly trigger Tinnitus. Do not experiment on any kind of treatment. Consulting an ENT should never be left to the last minute. They are trained to perform proper diagnosis and will certainly help you find solution regarding your condition.

 

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