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What is ringing in your ears? It could be tinnitus.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), at least 45 million Americans suffer from tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. For many, tinnitus is severe enough that it interferes with their quality of life on a daily basis. While there's no cure for tinnitus, understanding the symptoms and causes can help make the condition more manageable, allowing you or a loved one with tinnitus to enjoy a more fulfilling life. Here's what you need to know.

Tinnitus Symptoms

A person experiencing tinnitus hears frequent, ongoing noise, even though no external sound is actually present. The noises can sound like one or a combination of these:

  • A constant high-pitched ringing
  • Hissing
  • Clicking
  • Humming or a wave-like noise

Tinnitus Causes

The most common cause is damage to the cochlea. This means tinnitus often accompanies noise-induced hearing loss. Other underlying causes that can aggravate tinnitus may include the following:

  • Increased hearing loss associated with aging
  • Exposure to loud sounds on a regular basis, often from noisy work environments or hobbies
  • Medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, allergies and even impacted ear wax
  • Unhealthy lifestyle habits like smoking, excessive alcohol or caffeine consumption and a poor diet

Treating Tinnitus

There are a variety of options to successfully manage tinnitus. Finding the best solution for yourself or a loved one starts with an evaluation by a hearing professional. He or she may recommend any of the following tools:

  • General wellness programs, such as controlling your diet and managing blood pressure
  • Sound therapy that includes sound masking
  • Hearing aids
  • Behavior therapies, including stress management techniques, yoga and meditation

Your hearing provider can answer any questions and recommend the best course of treatment for managing tinnitus. Remember that you can use your CareCredit credit card to finance hearing care needs ranging from preventive check-ups to hearing devices. Use the Provider Locator to find an audiologist near you who accepts CareCredit.

  • General wellness programs, such as controlling your diet and managing blood pressure
  • Sound therapy that includes sound masking
  • Hearing aids
  • Behavior therapies, including stress management techniques, yoga and meditation
  • Your hearing provider can answer any questions and recommend the best course of treatment for managing tinnitus. Remember that you can use your CareCredit credit card to finance hearing care needs ranging from preventive check-ups to hearing devices. Use the Provider Locator to find an audiologist near you who accepts CareCredit.

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