Sounds of Tinnitus
The sounds of tinnitus are buzzing, humming and ringing among the most common phantom sounds for tinnitus sufferers. People with this disorder usually will have hearing loss issues and are anxious to know what the options are. One of the most important questions to tinnitus sufferers is what help is available to them. When hearing loss develops, especially after cochlear damage has occurred to the middle ear, choices need to be made regarding cochlear implants and hearing devices.
Help for Hearing Loss
Help for hearing loss or deafness is available for tinnitus sufferers, with many organizations providing assistance to assist with hearing loss from common ear problems. Some nonprofit organizations for individuals with hearing loss may provide financial assistance for hearing aids, while alternatives may help provide used or refurbished aids. Contact the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders’ (NIDCD’s) cial assistance for hearing aids.
There are many assistive devices – such as hearing aids. If the hearing loss becomes so bad it becomes a permanent condition, white noise sounds can be purchased on CDs or for iPods are a way to dim the tinnitus sounds. Listening to white music is best listened to during the night, in order for a person can get a good night’s sleep, allowing tinnitus sufferers to deal with problems and ear noise better the next day. White noise can gently over-ride the sounds of tinnitus, a peaceful sound slightly lower than the normal sound heard in a person’s ear. It works because stress and anxiety from the constant tinnitus sounds make things worse by increasing the hearing loss and unexplained ear noises.
Tinnitus (ringing in ears), hyperacusis, Meniere’s disease, and inner ear imbalance are the most common ear problems that influence hearing loss. By far the worse ear sound is the sounds of tinnitus as they keep the affected person awake all night. Eventually, the patient will develop total deafness to everything but the tinnitus sounds of buzzing and whistling.
Inner ear cochlear damage is one of the most common causes of the many sounds of tinnitus. It usually will happen because of a sharp and loud noise, an explosion, attending a rock concert, or working all day with the noise of heavy machinery – the louder, the more damaging. Cochlear damage can progress far enough to develop hearing loss or acute tinnitus if left unattended, causing high frequency hearing loss.
Cochlear damage can be repaired with a surgically implanted electronic device – referred to as a bionic ear or cochlear implant. In the United States, 2009 saw about 30,000 people with these implants to allow them to hear while globally the number is 188,000. First done in 1950 by French-Algerian surgeons, today the implant consists of external and internal parts with individual criteria determining who will have the surgery done:
- Availability of one functioning auditory nerve.
- Having profound sensorineural hearing impairment in both ears.
- Having a 70+ dB hearing loss for a certain amount of time.
- Not benefiting from other kinds of hearing aids.
- Having good communication skills, speech and language.