Tinnitus is a medical dilemma that affects a number of people and yet there is no specific answer. I suffer with tinnitus and it is a truly horrific ailment that can chew away at one’s well-being 24 hours a day.
Tinnitus needs to be regarded as an illness not just a symptom because it has a debilitating effect on sufferers.
Imagine hearing an alien sound 24/7 in your head and every day you constantly struggle to focus on your job, family and daily activities. This cruel predicament can happen to anyone at anytime arriving out of nowhere for no apparent reason. Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing a sound when no external sound is present – and, this woe decides to take up a permanent residency.
The main causes of Tinnitus are exposure to loud noise, age-related hearing loss, neurologic injury, ear bone changes, Meniere’s disease, malformation of capillaries, acoustic neuroma and certain medications.
There are millions of people around the world suffering from this austere illness. So far there are no scientific proven treatments or a cure. Tinnitus may cause psychological, physical and social problems, and that can mean depression leading to suicidal thoughts which results in more and more people taking their own lives as a result of the trauma. Tinnitus is becoming extremely common among young people as the daily noise levels increases in the loud world we live in.
There is a need to raise awareness to this unseen condition, warn people about how to avoid becoming a Tinnitus sufferer and make our voices heard hoping it will result in more foundation and research for this silent torturer which prevents folk from living a normal life.
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