How Tinnitus Impacts Daily Life

Tinnitus – or ringing in the ears – is a diverse condition that can manifest in many forms. It can be acute or chronic, tonal or pulsatile, constant or irregular. While some people perceive tinnitus as a mild distraction, millions of Americans struggle with severe cases that negatively impact their daily lives.

If you suffer from tinnitus, schedule an appointment at Universal Hearing Care in Tarzana, CA, send us a message or call us at  818.345.3200. Our audiologists in the San Fernando Valley can help with your overall hearing health and discuss how we may help to relieve your tinnitus symptoms. Read on to find out how.

Signs of Tinnitus

While tinnitus is a symptom itself, sufferers may also experience:

  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Frustration
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating

Depending on the cause of tinnitus, sufferers may have:

  • Hearing loss
  • Vertigo
  • Nausea
  • Pain or “plugged up” feeling in the ears

The Impact of Tinnitus

In some cases, tinnitus can be a debilitating condition. It negatively impacts sufferers’ overall health and emotional well-being. Even moderate cases can interfere with the ability to socialize and work.

In 2014, the American Tinnitus Association conducted a survey of its members to evaluate how sufferers experience tinnitus. Twenty percent of respondents reported that tinnitus moderately affects their daily life, while 5% claim tinnitus has severe physical and mental consequences.

Of course, the impact of tinnitus extends beyond the sufferer. Sensitivity to noise and loud ringing in the ears can make it difficult for tinnitus patients to communicate with others – even with family, friends, and coworkers. Supporters might have their own feelings of frustration and confusion as they struggle to help the tinnitus sufferer.

Treating Tinnitus

At Universal Hearing Care, we first try to identify any treatable and underlying conditions that might be associated with your tinnitus symptoms. Next, we’ll take steps to suppress the sound so it’s less bothersome:

  • Removing earwax – earwax buildup can make tinnitus worse.
  • Hearing aids – often, hearing loss and tinnitus go hand in hand. Hearing aids can drastically reduce your tinnitus.
  • Masking devices – similar to hearing aids and worn in the ear, these devices produce low levels of white noise that suppress your tinnitus symptoms.

Call Universal Hearing Care today at 818.345.3200, schedule an appointment, and ask how our audiologists can treat your tinnitus.