It’s May, which means it’s Better Speech and Hearing Month! It’s a month dedicated to raising awareness about communication disorders and promoting ear and hearing care.
Each week we are going to share information with you about different hearing matters that have become much more prevalent here at the clinic. That brings us to the theme for our first week: tinnitus.
Today we’re looking at what tinnitus looks like with and without hearing loss. While tinnitus does not cause hearing loss, the two often occur together. Tinnitus is caused by absent or reduced nerve activity in the nerves which connect the damaged part of the inner ear to the central nervous system in the brain. Acoustic overexposure can both damage the hair cells in the inner ear as well as the nerves which send signals from the inner ear to the brain. Acoustic overexposure can result in noise-induced hearing loss. Both age-related hearing loss and noise damage or exposure can cause tinnitus.
Tinnitus can also occur without any hearing loss for a variety of reasons. Listed in the slides are many ways a person may experience tinnitus that is not accompanied with hearing loss. The important takeaway here is that if you or someone you know is experiencing tinnitus, you need to get a hearing test! This will determine if there is hearing loss as well and your audiologist can work out the best treatment plan for your needs.
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