Sunday, December 10, 2017

What's that ringing?

Have you ever been sitting in a quiet setting when all of the sudden this faint ringing starts to sound in one or both of your ears? Tinnitus is that ringing, buzzing, or hissing sound one usually gets randomly, but to some the ringing happens on a much more regular basis. Even as I write this in my quiet room I hear a high pitched ringing sound in my right ear. Tinnitus does not cause hearing loss, nor does hearing loss cause tinnitus, but they are associated with one another. In fact, sometimes tinnitus can allow an increase in hearing so much that a person has to take measures to muffle external noises. Tinnitus can be caused by an infection or blockage in the ear, but it usually sticks around even after treatment. Furthermore, therapies are available to help decrease those annoying sounds but in the mean time I'll just be doing my best to ignore it!

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