Risks of Living with Tinnitus

Man Holding EarUnfortunately, there is no cure for tinnitus, the condition that causes people to hear constant hissing, buzzing, ringing or roaring sounds in their ear every day. Even so, there are many effective treatment options available that can help reduce symptoms and significantly improve quality of life. If you’re living with tinnitus, no matter how severe or intense it is, The Hearing Group in West Orange, NJ strongly recommends you don’t wait to seek out proper diagnosis and treatment.

Life with Untreated Tinnitus

Anyone living with tinnitus knows just how difficult it is. For a lot of people, tinnitus completely changes their life. It can prevent them from going to work, especially if their job requires a lot of communication, and prevents them from doing activities they once loved. Because of the constant ringing, they become sensitive to loud noises and no longer feel comfortable going to restaurants, bars, sporting events or concerts. As a result, they quickly become isolated from friends, family and coworkers, preferring to stay home where it’s quieter.

It’s very common for people with tinnitus to experience loneliness, depression, anxiety and high levels of stress. Sometimes, the ringing and buzzing can be so loud that it even feels physically painful. Most people also have trouble sleeping, which causes fatigue and a lack of energy, as well as trouble concentrating and remembering things. Even though tinnitus is an audiological and neurological condition, it can affect all areas of a person’s life.

Underlying Health Risks

There are many potential health risks to living with untreated tinnitus. One of the biggest risks is hearing loss. It’s important to know that tinnitus doesn’t directly cause hearing loss but is a symptom of hearing loss and can interfere with your ability to hear. That’s why a lot of people with untreated tinnitus go on to find out they have hearing loss. As a result, they start having trouble doing daily activities, like talking to friends, going to work and watching TV. This is because it can be hard to hear over the constant ringing or buzzing sounds.

In addition, many of the same underlying problems that caused tinnitus in the first place can also lead to hearing loss. For example, ear wax or debris blockages in the ear canal and severe ear infections can both cause tinnitus as well as hearing loss. Certain medications as well as exposure to loud sounds all cause tinnitus as well. That’s why it’s so important to talk to an audiologist if you’ve been diagnosed with tinnitus or suspect you might have it. While an audiologist can’t address underlying medical causes, they can treat tinnitus and get you back to living a happy and healthy lifestyle.

For example, severe, untreated ear infections can also lead to bone inflammation, meningitis, facial nerve paralysis and more.  Likewise, uncontrolled high blood pressure can damage your vital organs over time and even cause heart failure or stroke. That’s why it’s incredibly important to talk to a doctor about any strange or unusual symptoms you experience, and ringing in the ears is no exception.

Don’t Wait to Explore Your Treatment Options

At The Hearing Group, we specialize in diagnosing and treating tinnitus. We help people just like you lessen their symptoms and take back their life. When you come in, we’ll do a thorough evaluation to see what’s going on. If it is tinnitus, you can start exploring the various treatment options, such as hearing aids with tinnitus programs. Some types of tinnitus hearing aids feature a noise generator that distracts you from the ringing sounds you hear. Some of them also come with a smartphone app that allows you to customize and control what you hear on the go from the palm of your hand.

To make an appointment at The Hearing Group, just call (973) 542-4031. If you have any questions about our office, please reach out using our online form.