If you have been suffering from buzzing and ringing problems in your ears, you might have heard that it could be related to tinnitus. Or, you may have seen a doctor and been officially diagnosed with this problem. Regardless, you could still be a bit confused about this health issue and looking to learn a little more about it. So, if you are wondering, “What’s all the buzz about tinnitus?,” you should check out this simple guide for more information.
What is tinnitus?
First of all, at its most basic definition, tinnitus refers to a buzzing or ringing in your ears. People suffer from varying degrees of severity. For some, it might just be a simple and rather uncomfortable buzzing. For others, it can be downright impossible to tolerate all of the buzzing and ringing that goes on. Most people with tinnitus have at least some trouble hearing because of it, although the severity of these hearing issues depend on the individual.
Is tinnitus common?
If you have tinnitus, you should know that you are not alone. A surprising number of people suffer from tinnitus. In fact, it affects about one-in-every-five people in the United States, and there may be more folks out there who suffer from it but who have never been to the doctor to be diagnosed with this problem.
What causes tinnitus?
Tinnitus isn’t the result of just one thing, so the cause of your tinnitus could be completely different from the cause of someone else’s. Tinnitus is commonly a symptom of another ear-related issue. For example, many people who have an age-related hearing disorder, who have injured their ears at some point or who are dealing with other ear- and hearing-related issues suffer from tinnitus.
In addition, there is an entirely different class of tinnitus sufferers whose condition is related to problems with their temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the hinge joint that connects the jaw to the skull. This form of tinnitus requires a very specialized form of treatment, such as the breakthrough TruDenta system employed by Charlotte Headache Center.
Do I have tinnitus?
If you have never been diagnosed with tinnitus, you could be wondering if this is the cause of some of your ear-related problems. Although it’s best to see a professional to be formally diagnosed with tinnitus and to find out if there are other issues of concern, there is a good chance that you have tinnitus if you suffer from ringing, buzzing, roaring, clicking or hissing noises in your ears with no explanation. These sounds might be constant, or you might only hear them at certain times.
What should I do if I have tinnitus?
Suffering from this disorder can be very uncomfortable and can leave you wondering what to do to get rid of it. Luckily, there are great options for treatment out there, so see a professional to find out what can be done for you and your ears. If you have tried numerous therapies without success, you might have the TMJ-related variety of tinnitus and require specialized treatment. In that case, you should definitely schedule a screening appointment with Charlotte Headache Center.
In 20 minutes we can tell you whether you’re a candidate for treatment. If you are, we’ll create an individualized plan that will relieve your tinnitus in less than 12 weekly visits. To schedule your evaluation appointment, call us at 704-540-5850 or use the contact form on the right side of this page.