February 1, 2023

In this House Insights series installment, Dr. John House explains five useful things to know about tinnitus. Tinnitus is most often associated with hearing loss, and the number two cause of hearing loss after aging is exposure to loud noise. That is why this Tinnitus Awareness Week, the House Institute Foundation is partnering with EarPeace, a leading hearing protection brand focused on promoting safe listening. To learn more click here:

We’re coming up on the tinnitus awareness week  and i’ve been asked to give a little talk about   tinnitus is not a disease it’s a symptom and   it’s very common basically eighty percent of our  patients with hearing loss will have tinnitus   and in my experience about five percent of my  patients who have normal hearing

Have tinnitus   things and in many times we don’t necessarily   find a cause but it is important that patients who  do complain of tinnitus have an evaluation which   would include an audiogram or hearing test and  they should see an ear nose and throat physician   to rule out serious underlying conditions the  most

Common cause of hearing loss is either   exposure to loud noise or just the normal aging  process so of course prevention is good we can’t   prevent aging that’s normal but we can prevent  exposure to too much noise with the proper use of   hearing protection such as ear ear plugs or ear  muffs when exposed to any kind of loud

Noise such   as power tools or working in a noisy environment  or certainly we see a lot of rock concerts   tremendous amount of very loud noise the patients   bothered by it they say yes i have it it’s very   common i’ve had it for many years and i don’t even  listen to it but then there’s that group of maybe  

Five percent of my patients who are very disturbed  by it they can’t sleep they say it wakes them up   they have difficulty going back to sleep they  have difficulty concentrating we also did some   and found that those who had severe tinnitus  were either depressed or had anxiety disorders   or a combination of both and more

Recently with  functional mris we have located the area of the   way it is generating the brain not in the ear   so we now know that it’s in the brain and it’s  located near the limbic system which is the   anything that adversely affects a person can spill  over and cause a stimulation of tinnitus i became   were

Important components and i heard that   biofeedback can be helpful in other words teaching  patients to relax teaching teaching patients to   their situation can can affect their tinnitus   and we did biofeedback studies found some good  results in many patients so we find that cognitive   behavioral testing treatment can

Work biofeedback  can help sometimes medications is a mild sedative   or maybe an antidepressant all these things can  help that small group of patients who are very   seriously severely disturbed by their tinnitus  thank you so much dr. house as dr. house said   tinnitus is a symptom and not a disease and it  is most often

Associated with hearing loss one   of the leading causes of hearing loss is exposure  to loud noise that’s why this tinnitus awareness   week we partnered with earpeace a leading brand  in the field of hearing protection if you’re at   a concert working with power tools or any kind of  environment in which you’re exposed to loud

Noise   don’t forget to wear hearing protection check out  earpeace at the link in our description box below   and don’t forget to leave us a donation  research education and global hearing health  efforts here at house for symptoms like tinnitus

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Ear Doctor Shares 5 Facts about Tinnitus By House Institute