How often do you encounter annoying and disturbing sounds? Repairs from neighbors, traffic outside the window, or subway noise can at times be very annoying, but they don’t last forever. In addition, you can always move to a new place where it’ll be quiet and peaceful. But imagine that acoustic stimuli that are constantly in your head or ears!
Healthy sleep is the key to human spiritual and physical health. On average, a person spends about a third of his life dreaming. The body rests and restores its strength during this time. This affects how the body will function during the day. In addition, the hormone melatonin is produced at night, which regulates many processes in our body.
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.