While many people suffer from a beeping or buzzing in their ears, a large percentage of them do not realize that the underlying cause of this is a medical condition known as tinnitus. The term tinnitus covers a wide range of noises that only the person with the condition can hear including ringing, beeping, buzzing and humming. In most doctors will unfortunately tell you there is no cure for the beeping or buzzing in the ears and you must simply learn to live with it.
What Causes this Beeping and Buzzing in Ears?
Unlike many other problems we face with our bodies over our lifetimes, tinnitus is not actually a disease or an illness. Instead it is a symptom of a condition that has been induced in our ears or brains as the result of a variety of problems. In some cases overexposure to loud noises can bring on the beeping or buzzing in ears that so many people live with. In others in can be a buildup of ear wax, a series of ear infections that leave the inner ear damaged even nasal allergies that stop fluid from draining resulting in excess ear wax.
Tinnitus can also be the natural result of aging and the accompanying hearing impairments that come with it, some medications have also been found to cause a person to have ringing or buzzing sounds in their ears. While there are many different causes of this beeping or buzzing in ears the most common cause is considered to be loud noises such that a person may have to deal with at work or listening to loud music constantly such a performing or listen to loud music concerts.
How Bad Can it Get?
It is estimating that over 59 million people in America suffer from some level of beeping and buzzing in their ears. Of the 59 million people with tinnitus, 12 million of them suffer with it badly enough to seek medical attention in search of relief. The majority of those with this problem suffer from intermittent episodes of noise that while unpleasant are tolerable and may only occur when everything is very quiet such as at bedtime.
Not everyone hears the beeping or buzzing constantly, even those with moderate levels of tinnitus say that they have occasional breaks that can last minutes, hours or even a few days. However it is far more common for tinnitus sufferers to hear their particular noise constantly at the same level and depending on the tone of the sound it may not be masked by the rest of the noises in their lives.
There are sound therapies that can teach a person how to use other sounds such as white noise or quiet music to cover the beeping and buzzing in their ears so that they can sleep at night and wake up refreshed in the morning instead of laying there kept awake by the noise all night long. If you suffer with noises that only you can hear it is time for you to start doing something about it, there are alternatives that can help you regain your peace and quiet.