8% of the world population suffers tinnitus and at least 30% of them have suffered them at some point, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In the case of Spain, it is estimated that there are close to four million people affected by this hearing disorder, which significantly affects the quality of life of those who suffer from it. In this post we explain how to recognize tinnitus symptomstheir possible causes and to do in case you suffer from it.
The main and most characteristic symptom of tinnitus is perception of beeping or buzzing in the ears that do not come from an external sound source. The origin of these annoying sounds is a incorrect interpretation of nerve impulses by the brain.
Apart from these beeps or hums, other symptoms associated with tinnitus may be the ear and headache painas well as the vertigo and feeling of dizziness.
Paying attention precisely to the persistence of these symptoms we can differentiate two types of tinnitus: the treblewhich manifest themselves in short periods, do not imply hearing loss and disappear spontaneously, and the chronicwhich persist for more than six months.
In the case of chronic tinnitus, the impact on quality of life can be significant. The list of consequences is illustrative: Difficulty getting to sleep, inability to concentrate in studies or at work, irritation, anxiety either fatigue.
Possible causes of tinnitus
There is no single cause that explains the appearance of tinnitus, although specialists agree that one of the main risk factors is prolonged exposure to high intensity noise. They can also lead to tinnitus:
- Ear infections.
- Ménière’s disease.
- Decreased blood flow to the ear.
- Cervical or jaw problems.
- Compacted wax in the ear.
And what do I do if I have tinnitus?
Although tinnitus has no cure and there is no drug to remedy it, there are treatments to combat it. The one that has been shown to be most effective is Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT)which has proven effectiveness in 85% of cases.
This therapy to treat tinnitus is not based on masking or camouflaging the ringing or ringing, but rather focuses on the habituation. Developed by doctor Pawel Jastreboffthis treatment has been applied for 25 years with the aim of The patient becomes accustomed to that sound until he is no longer aware of hearing it.
Following the bases of TRT therapy, UMusic offers a specialized service for those affected by tinnitus. Is about UMusic Serena, that seeks to recover the patient’s hearing comfort. This therapy is offered in Comprehensive Hearing Institutes (IAI) of UMusic. Those interested in having more information about this service can consult the website controltuacufeno.com or call the phones 902 09 59 25 and 91 252 93 91.