Ringing in your ears? You could have this treatable condition


Do you ever experience a buzzing or ringing in your ear, or perhaps hear a noise that you know isn't really there?

That sensation is a real medical condition called tinnitus, in which people hear noise -- commonly characterized by ringing, hissing, clicking or buzzing in the ears -- but no external sound is present. It is often accompanied by hearing loss, but not always.

To those who experience tinnitus, even the occasional minor flare-up can be annoying and distracting, but chronic cases can have a major impact on thought processing, sleep, concentration, and overall quality of life.

"The vast majority of patients with tinnitus will not have a medical health-related complication from tinnitus," Dr. Harrison Lin, assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at UC Irvine Medical Center, told CBS News. "However, tinnitus can be pathologically irritating and exacerbate mental health conditions, such as anxiety disorder and depression. It can result in insomnia, generate destructive trains of thought and emotions, and have a substantially negative impact on a person's life."

How common is tinnitus?

Lin recently conducted a study to determine how common tinnitus is in the United States. The report, published online today by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, found that approximately one in 10 adults live with the condition.


Read the Full Article here at www.cbsnews.com

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