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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Do your ears ring?

Many people suffer from a condition called tinnitus, a ringing in the ears. It may not sound very debilitating but it can lead to anxiety, insomnia, inability to concentrate and more. There are various treatments avaialable, and any phyiscal causes shuold be ruled out by a physician. Hypnosis can also be helpful, as can certain dietary adjustments. Here is some information on this condition.

Tinnitus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Tinnitus (pronounced /tɪˈnaɪtəs/ or /ˈtɪnɪtəs/,[1] from the Latin word tinnītus meaning 'ringing'[2]) is the perception of sound within the human ear in the absence of corresponding external sound.
Tinnitus can be perceived in one or both ears or in the head. It is usually described as a ringing noise, but in some patients it takes the form of a high pitched whining, buzzing, hissing, screaming, humming, or whistling sound, or as ticking, clicking, roaring, 'crickets' or 'tree frogs' or 'locusts', tunes, songs, or beeping.[3] It has also been described as a 'wooshing' sound, as of wind or waves.[4]. Tinnitus can be intermittent or it can be continuous. In the latter case, this 'phantom' sound can create great distress in the sufferer.
Tinnitus is not itself a disease but a symptom resulting from a range of underlying causes. Causes include ear infections, foreign objects or wax in the ear, nose allergies that prevent (or induce) fluid drain and cause wax build-up, and injury from loud noises. Tinnitus is also a side-effect of some oral medications, such as aspirin, and may also result from an abnormally low level of serotonin activity. It is also a classical side effect of Quinidine, a Class IA anti-arrhythmic. In many cases, however, no underlying physical cause can be identified.
The sound perceived may range from a quiet background noise to one that can be heard even over loud external sounds. The term 'tinnitus' usually refers to more severe cases. Heller and Bergman (1953) conducted a study of 80 tinnitus-free university students placed in an anechoic chamber and found that 93% reported hearing a buzzing, pulsing or whistling sound. Cohort studies have demonstrated that damage to hearing (a"

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