Tinnitus is a ringing in the ears that is caused by loud noise exposure. It’s a common problem that affects about one in five people according to Mayo Clinic. Symptoms include ringing, buzzing, roaring, clicking and hissing, which can vary in pitch and may be heard in one or both ears. Tinnitus can be an ongoing sensation, or it may come and go.
Common causes of these symptoms are age-related hearing loss, exposure to loud noise and earwax blockage. Although the mechanisms of tinnitus are many, they often involve damage to the tiny, delicate hairs found in the inner ear cell.
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A new study has found that one in five high schoolers have permanent ringing in the ears, and few take measures to protect their ears from loud music. Researchers from Antwerp University Hospital in Belgium had about 4,000 students complete a questionnaire about temporary and permanent ringing in the ears. They were also asked questions about their attitudes towards loud noises and hearing protection.
Results showed that three out of four kids experience temporary tinnitus, and one in five hear ringing all the time. Only five percent of the participants said they use earplugs or other kinds of hearing protection against loud noise.
In the past, hearing loss from noise was attributed to loud industry and the military. Nowadays, the main causes are portable listening devices, concerts, and parties. Parents should check that their kids are not listening to music too loudly, and use hearing protection when appropriate. Experts are also encouraging kids who say they hear ringing to be tested for hearing loss.
Although there is no cure for tinnitus or hearing loss, doctors may be able to take steps that could reduce the noise. Hearing aids can be especially helpful if you have hearing problems as well as tinnitus.