Do I have Tinnitus?
Many people experience an occasional ringing (or roaring, buzzing, or hissing) in their ears. Changes in atmospheric pressure, loud noise exposure, and illness can all be causes of temporary ringing. If this describes your symptoms, you may be asking yourself, “Do I have tinnitus”?
For other people the ringing does not go away and the cause may not be so obvious. Among some of them the noise gets progressively worse and becomes increasingly more intrusive in their daily life. If you find yourself in this category then the answer to “Do I have tinnitus?” is yes and action may be needed to correct it.
Below are 5 questions to help you determine if you need to take the action:
1. Does your tinnitus interfere with your sleep?
2. Does your tinnitus interfere with your enjoyment of life?
3. Does your tinnitus make you feel irritable?
4. Does your tinnitus make it hard for you to relax?
5. Have you been bothered by your tinnitus for more than 50% of your waking hours over the past week?
If you answered “yes” to any of these, we recommend that you schedule a tinnitus consultation. The experts at Sound Relief Hearing Center will develop a plan to help you overcome your tinnitus. Each person’s tinnitus is different which is why scheduling a tinnitus consultation to understand exactly how it is affecting you and lay out a plan of how we can help is important. Tinnitus is a problem that many people have to deal with, but it is not something you have to deal with on your own.
If none of the questions applied to you, a hearing check and general discussion of your symptoms may be more appropriate for helping you get the answer to “Do I have tinnitus?” or whether it is something else related to your hearing that is bothering you.