Hearing loss is a very common problem in both the elderly and middle-aged population. It causes various difficulties in life that have to be dealt with. But the constant “noise” in the ears brings even more discomfort. This phenomenon is called tinnitus.
We have already covered many hearing issues in our previous articles and provided professional recommendations.
Ringing in the ears has happened to everyone – maybe it was after a loud concert or party, or maybe during a home renovation.
The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) assists healthcare providers in serving patients who have, or are learning to cope with, tinnitus. An estimated 40-50 million people in the United States experience tinnitus, 10-12 million of these individuals have sought help for their tinnitus and 2.5 million people report their tinnitus is debilitating (AAA, 2001).
Generally, most patients will not need any medical treatment for their tinnitus. For patients who are greatly bothered by tinnitus, they may use some masking techniques such as listening to a fan or radio which would mask some of their tinnitus.
Recently an article was published in Scientific American on noisy eyeballs. Yes you read correctly, noisy eyeballs. Often times happy accidents happen in medicine or shall you serendipity in science.