Tinnitus, often referred to as a “ringing in the ears,” is a problem that affects 50 million Americans in some form or another. Some characterise it as an irritating distraction while others admit that the symptoms have significantly diminished their enjoyment of life.
Lorine S., of Gainesville, said her ears “hummed” all the time and, in fact, sometimes it sounded like a roar that never went away, even at night. Lorine got help from HearCare & Associates, who provided her with a hearing aid that produces a “Zen sound” which helps mask the continuous noise.
“I noticed the difference right away and it was such a relief,” Lorine said. “Without that constant hum, I feel better about everything!”
Here are 5 surprising facts about tinnitus:
- While there is no cure, there are treatment options.
- The condition can be temporary or chronic.
- Tinnitus may sound like ringing, buzzing, hissing, chirping, whistling, thumping, or whooshing.
- Sounds can be low or high pitched, intermittent or continuous.
- While there have been reports of tinnitus as a long-term effect of having COVID-19, there is no conclusive evidence to indicate a direct connection, although research is being done.