Tinnitus and Other Hearing Problems
Hearing is something most of us take for granted on a daily basis. We never think about the complex process involved for the ear to take in and process every sound and noise we encounter every day. Of course if we went around thinking about all the complex processes happening in our body every minute of every day we would have no time to ponder anything else.
For this reason and many others we only think about our hearing when we’re having a problem with it just as we only think about walking when we have something wrong with our legs and so on.
There are many different problems we can encounter with our ears and our hearing including tinnitus in its various forms. Hearing disorders can happen at any age and aren’t just another result of the aging process as many people believe.
These conditions can occur because of a birth defect, they can be the by product of some other condition, they can happen as the result an injury suffered in an accident or they can occur and get worse as a person ages.
The resulting hearing loss can cover a broad spectrum from minimal to complete deafness and the pain can range from a mild discomfort to a maddening intrusion which is a relentless and unstoppable force. As with ear ringing or noise tinnitus the racket may not come from an outside source but originate inside the patient’s head.
This loss of hearing can be categorized as either conductive or sesnorineural with each having different causes. For example, the conductive type can come about because of a build up of ear wax or fluid within the inner ear or because of a ruptured ear drum. With the result being a reduction in hearing until the obstruction is eliminated.
While the latter type often happens because of nerve damage which disrupts the transmission of impulses from the ear to the brain. This damage can be inflicted by a loud noise, the growth of a tumor or an ear infection with the extent of the injury ranging from temporary to permanent hearing loss.
How you treat ear problems depends on the cause of the disorder. When it comes to tinnitus the best approach is to first pinpoint the reason for the problem and then design a strategy for treatment based on the source of the impairment. For example, some of the minor problems such as ear wax buildup or infections can be resolved by removal of the blockage or by prescribing medication such as antibiotics.
While some of the more serious hearing disorders such as ear ringing tinnitus require much more investigation to discover the cause and sometimes a longer time to find an effective remedy or cure for the condition.
With many hearing problems prevention is the key to avoiding any type of long term impairment or deafness at any time of life and regular examination by a trained professional can also go a long way toward avoiding any problems.