Do you have ringing in your ears? If you are over age 50, you could be one in five people that may be affected by some form of tinnitus – ringing in the ears. Hearing loss is the biggest cause of tinnitus.

Being continually exposed to loud environments, traffic noise, and even concerts can damage your hearing. This abuse to your hearing could be the reason for ringing in the ears. Wearing ear protection when you’re exposed to loud sounds will help to prevent damage to the eardrum, and hearing aid technology can  actually help to reduce the symptoms of tinnitus.

If you smoke, research has found that nicotine in cigarettes can be a factor. Over-the-counter medication such as aspirin may trigger tinnitus, as well as such medications as antibiotics, certain diuretics, and even food additives.

As we age there are changes that occur in the ear. The middle ear bones change shape and may even harden in a process known as otosclerosis. These changes can affect the cochlea, where sound is processed and transmitted to the brain. Communication from the ear to the brain, as a result of these defects, may cause the partial or constant ringing.

Age-related hearing loss can be accompanied by tinnitus, which is why so many senior aged adults experience this condition. Hearing loss can lead to depression, anxiety, and social isolation.

Remember to never let any health condition go untreated: even something as simple as an ear infection. Your ear health is important to preventing serious tinnitus and future hearing problems. If you feel you may have hearing loss, call 000-000-0000 today, to schedule your appointment with one of our hearing professionals.

Article courtesy of NuEar