Tinnitus is the experience of sound in the head or ears that does not have an external source. It may take the form of hissing, buzzing whistling or other sounds. This condition is extremely common in mild forms, but about 5 percent of the population report that it affects their daily life negatively. It is estimated that some 50 million U.S. adults suffer from some form of tinnitus. In severe cases, it can cause insomnia, stress and difficulty concentrating and communicating.
What are the Causes it?
The triggering agent varies from individual to individual, but the basic effect on the brain is similar between patient cases. Tinnitus alters the transmission of external auditory signals from the cochlea (the inner ear) to the auditory cortex (the sound processing area of the brain). This can result in some neurons producing their own signals spontaneously. When enough of these signals become synchronized it can produce the sensation of sound. A few of the known causes of tinnitus are exposure to loud noises, head and neck injury, ear infection, stress and side effects from certain medications.
While the symptoms of tinnitus may be mild in the beginning, they often worsen over time. Call Lakeside Neurocare Limited at 920-223-5580 to learn more about your screening and treatment options.