Ever hear a sound and looked to see from where it came? Ever experience a situation where you have heard a buzzing noise but there is nothing nearby that can be identified as THE source of the sound? You might have experienced tinnitus.
WebMD, the most trusted website on the Internet, defines tinnitus as “the sensation of hearing ringing, buzzing, hissing, chirping, whistling, or other sounds with no external source. The noise can be intermittent or continuous, and can vary in loudness. It is often worse when background noise is low, so you may be most aware of it at night when you’re trying to fall asleep in a quiet room. In rare cases, the sound beats in sync with your heart (pulsatile tinnitus).’
Tinnitus is not uncommon and has been studied for quite some time. Back in 1953, two researchers performed an experiment where they studied eighty people who did NOT have tinnitus. After sitting each of them in a completely silent room for five minutes, a full 93% reported sounds that included buzzing, whistling, pulsing – all the same sounds heard by those diagnosed as tinnitus sufferers, or those with “persistent tinnitus.”
Through population studies, it has been shown that somewhere around 85% of people who have persistent tinnitus do not find it intrusive. The remaining view it as a threat and an annoyance. Those who think of it as a threat consider it a warning, of sorts, and it is quite troublesome for them and can cause fear.
That fear can be enhanced by poor “professional” advice indicating that nothing can be done about tinnitus and it will last forever. The threatening beliefs caused by tinnitus indeed are enhanced from not really understanding what is causing the sounds in the sufferer’s ear(s). This is very real to the person experiencing the sounds.
Contrary to popular belief, there are successful treatments available for tinnitus sufferers. Fauquier Hearing Services offers proven methods of tinnitus management and treatment. We are here to help those who are searching for answers to their questions about this very emotional and troubling matter. We are available to answer any questions you, or a friend, might have with respect to tinnitus.
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