Statistics say that one in 10 Americans has to deal with tinnitus, a persistent roaring or ringing in the ears or the head.
The rates of the condition are higher among the people who work in noisy environments or that are spending their leisure time in places with a lot of noise.
A recent survey that included individuals with ages of 18 and higher showed that 10% of the respondents had suffered from a sensation of noise inside their head or their ears in the last 12 months.
Other studies reported even higher rates of tinnitus, with an incidence falling between 8 and 25 percent.
A tinnitus episode can be annoying, but it can also interfere with a person’s quality of life by disturbing their thought process, hearing, emotional reactions, concentration, and sleep.
The current study involved analyzing the data collected during the 2007 Integrated Health Interview Series, a project which was thought as a supplement to the National Health Interview Survey.
Tinnitus had been included in the national survey only in 2007, and the participants were asked questions related to its intensity, the frequency, and duration. The list of questions included items on the treatment, if the condition had been reported to a doctor and whether or not the person received any medicine or medical advice to help them stop the issue.
The results of the research show that 36% of the cases of tinnitus were persistent on a daily basis, and 56% of the people had experienced the symptoms for more than five years. Another incredible 27% of the participants had the noise issue for over 15 years.
Higher rates of tinnitus had been found to occur in people who are exposed to loud noises on a regular basis, either at work or while following personal interests. The second category includes motorcycles, concerts or workshop tools.
Almost half of the persons who declared they had the symptoms observed the issue at bedtime. The quite time can bring the noise to the attention of the person, and it can, therefore, create feelings of anxiety, insomnia, and symptoms aggravation.
One possible remedy includes a white-noise machine, which can play calming sounds that mask the tinnitus.
Most of the people who experienced tinnitus have never undertaken a measure to stop the unpleasant noise.
The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation released a guideline for tinnitus treatment.
The official recommendation includes wearing hearing aids because people who are suffering from tinnitus also have a hearing issue.
Medical experts also consider the cognitive behavioral therapy to be one of the most efficient psychotherapeutic methods that can help increase the tolerance to the noise.
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