What to Know About Tinnitus

You may have experienced ringing in your ears after a loud concert or being exposed to the head-splitting sounds of a jackhammer. This phenomenon—acute tinnitus—usually fades away after a couple of days. But imagine that ringing, or a similarly annoying noise, lasting for a prolonged period of time, waxing and waning but never disappearing completely, and sometimes getting worse.  This can be the experience of someone with chronic tinnitus, a perception of ringing (or buzzing) in the ears. Twenty-seven percent of the more than 122,000 members who responded to a recent Consumer Reports survey on hearing and hearing loss report having this unpleasant condition. According to other research, 20 percent of people with it have symptoms so severe that they experience trouble sleeping, difficulty hearing and concentrating, social isolation, depression and anxiety, and stress. The most common cause of chronic tinnitus is age-related hearing loss—which occurs naturally over the years. Read more here >>>

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