(StatePoint) In a world full of noise -- from everything from city traffic and lawnmowers to hairdryers and earbuds on personal music devices -- hearing problems are a growing issue. Chief among these problems is tinnitus, a medical condition affecting 50 million Americans.
Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing sound when no external sound is present, and is most commonly caused by exposure to loud noises. Typically, those suffering describe it as "ringing ears," though others describe it as hissing, buzzing, whistling or chirping. For some, it's a minor annoyance. For others, it can be debilitating, causing hearing loss, sleep disruption, changes in cognitive ability, anxiety and depression.
Tinnitus Awareness Week takes place May 19 to 25, during Better Hearing and Speech Month, and Starkey Hearing Technologies is helping educate about tinnitus and related hearing issues. If you’re concerned you may have tinnitus, consult a hearing professional to discuss treatment options. To learn more, visit www.TinnitusHearing.com.
These days, the good news is that new treatment options, such as innovative sound therapy solutions, can offer relief to soothe those ringing ears.