Causes and symptoms
Can you hear sounds that just aren’t there? Your ears whistle, ring, hum, hiss or throb, apparently without any reason. One in two people experiences noises in their ears at least once in their lifetime, and one in five people develops chronic tinnitus. The problem is that the sounds seem very real to those affected. Tinnitus is a phantom noise that is really quite difficult to deal with. What exactly is tinnitus? Does it go away on its own? Can it be cured? Or do you have to learn to live with it? You can find answers and useful tips here.
A ringing or buzzing in the ears is a widespread complaint. A whistling, ringing, or buzzing sound that seems to come from nowhere affects one in two people at some point in their lives. One in five people develop chronic tinnitus. As real as the noise may seem to sufferers, tinnitus is a phantom that is hard to pin down. It typically starts not in the ear, but in the brain. Find out about the triggers and causes of tinnitus, and how best to cope with it.
Prevention and treatment
If you suddenly hear whistling, whooshing, or buzzing in your ear, the first step is to stay calm. While tinnitus is unpleasant, it’s not a symptom of a serious illness. The good news is that suddenly occurring tinnitus usually disappears on its own before long. But what should you do if the whistling or whooshing noises in your ear just won’t go away? The most important thing is to obtain a precise diagnosis of the causes of the sound in the ear. There are various treatment options, depending on the situation.
Do you think you might be suffering from hearing loss? Then act now! The first step towards a better quality of life is to visit your hearing care professional. A hearing test will show if you are actually suffering from hearing loss. If you are, your hearing care professional will explain the available options. Our online hearing screening will give you an initial indication of your hearing ability.
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Connect Hearing is the the exclusive national hearing health partner of Diabetes Canada. Studies show that hearing loss is twice as common in people who have diabetes than in those who don’t. Through this partnership we have the opportunity, with Diabetes Canada, to bring awareness to the relationship between hearing loss and diabetes, ensuring that all Canadians are proactive in their health while actively aging.
Confronting the stigma: here’s why needing hearing aids isn’t a bad thing
It’s no secret that the average person waits up to a decade before they decide to do something about their hearing loss and the stigma surrounding hearing aids is one of the leading factors. Many people suffering from hearing loss feel they don’t need hearing help, they convince themselves their hearing isn't that bad, they think hearing aids are ugly plastic looking things, or perhaps they feel embarrassed and self-conscious about needing help. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s OK to need hearing aids, and here’s why.