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Ring...Hear That? You May Have Tinnitus
Wear ear plugs at that concert featuring your favorite band, or when you head out to mow the lawn. Exposure to loud noises—at work and at play—can lead to a condition called tinnitus, which is commonly called ringing in the ears. Most people who experience tinnitus don’t have medical complications, but it sometimes can be associated with hearing loss.
A recent study was conducted to determine how common tinnitus is in the U.S. and how the condition impacts people’s lives. According to the study, 27% of participants who reported ringing in the ears said they’ve had symptoms for more than 15 years. Thirty-six percent of people with tinnitus reported that the symptoms were nearly constant.
Fewer than half of people with tinnitus talk to their health care provider about their symptoms. The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Foundation developed guidelines for treating tinnitus and related hearing loss in 2014. According to these guidelines, hearing aids are the recommended intervention and the use of medication to treat ringing in the ears is discouraged.
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