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Tinnitus

Last Updated on Sep 25, 2014
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General Info About Tinnitus

Tinnitus is the perception of ringing, hissing, or other sound within the ears when no corresponding external sound is present.

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In Latin, ‘tinnire’ means ‘to ring’.

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Tinnitus is not a disease. It is a symptom that can be caused by a number of medical conditions. Tinnitus can arise in any of the four sections of the hearing system - the outer ear, the middle ear, the inner ear and the brain.

Damage to the microscopic endings of the hearing nerve in the inner ear is the most common cause of tinnitus. Hearing loss, trauma, ear infections, earwax and/or use of certain medications can also cause tinnitus.

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It affects 1 in 5 of the world's population, and touches over 33% of the elderly community. It may be intermittent or constant in character; mild or severe in intensity; vary from a low roar to a high-pitch sound so deafening that the individual may hear nothing else. It may be subjective (audible only to the patient) or may be objective (which is audible to others). It may or may not be associated with a hearing impairment.

Tinnitus can be an extremely disturbing condition. It is not a serious problem in most of the cases, but rather a nuisance that may go away with time. Rarely, tinnitus represents a serious health condition. Most patients benefit with the use of maskers or hearing aids, while some people with tinnitus may require medical or surgical treatment. Counseling and certain lifestyle changes help one deal with tinnitus.

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Tinnitor

People suffering from tinnitus are very often misunderstood about their afflicting condition.The suffering increases also by sourrounding people,pretending to know better,attributing their own homemade diagnosis,psychiatric of cource,and thus aggravate the sufferers possibilities/rights to rehabilitation in a calmer,less stressfull and noisy workingplace.Key words:responsability and relief!

skippy70

my tinnitus has been with me for about 40 years some times loud some times not so loud and is there a day and night till i go to bed some times when it is low i would doze off for 10 mins and it is back loud again. mr p blay owenblay@googlemail.com

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