TINNITUS:
A Self-Management Guide For The Ringing In Your Ears
Time To Take Control
 
Imagine what it is like to be constantly aware of a high-pitched whistle that arises from within your ears or head and does not seem to be reduced by anything that you do  – or something that sounds like a howling windstorm, a swarm of insects, whistle, roaring, a thumping medicine along with buzzing.
Tinnitus is a term that is used to refer to the presence of sounds or noises that are perceived by a person to be located in their ears or head but that have no external cause. This is the experience of millions of people in the world who have a problem that is commonly called “ringing in the ears.” This problem, or tinnitus, as it is more correctly called, is the subject of this self-management guide.
Tinnitus affects up to 17 percent of people of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures.
Tinnitus does have a physical origin; it is rarely “made up” or “imagined” – it is not a delusion. it really is there! But what causes it? The widely accepted view is that tinnitus arises from some dysfunction in the auditory or hearing mechanism. It is a relatively common problem, affecting from 6 to 17 percent of the population.
 
Summary of Common Problems Associated with Tinnitus
 

  1. Distressing Emotional Problems
    • Tinnitus causes feelings of depression, tension, irritability, anger, annoyance, and frustrtion.
    • Tinnitus is worse during periods of stress.
    2. Sleep Difficulties
    • ​​​​​​​Tinnitus causes problems in falling asleep.
    • Tinnitus makes it difficult to remain asleep.
    3. Detrimental Effects on Hearing and Communication
    • Tinnitus makes it difficult to follow conversations or to hear what is being said against background noise.
    • Tinnitus causes problems in quiet environments.
    • Tinnitus causes problems in noisy places.
    4. Intrusiveness on Daily Activities and Lifestyle
    • ​​​​​​​Tinnitus disrupts one’s ability to concentrate on work activities and other mental tasks.
    • Tinnitus causes negative changes in relationships and spouse, partner, family members, and friends.
    • Tinnitus leads to reduced participation in work, social, leisure, and recreational activities.
    • Tinnitus leads to reduced pleasure from social, leisure, and recreational activities.
    As we move forward, we’ll get more inadept regarding how self-managing tinnitus and control will help you and family tremendously in daily situations.