At Incoming BYTES, I’m happy to keep my ear to the ground for news that offers hope. I hear there may be some good news in the near future for anyone that suffers from tinnitus. If you have tinnitus, you probably know what it is. It is maddening.
A common affliction, tinnitus is a highly annoying noise or multiple noises heard or generated in one or both ears. Tinnitus is most commonly described by sufferers as a persistent high pitched whistle, hiss or hum, but it may alternatively also be described as a ringing of the ears, likened to the sound of ventilation/air conditioning systems, an engine running, a rumble, roar, or other comparable description of chronic and inescapable noise.
Hearing loss is most common in the elderly and often includes tinnitus, but tinnitus can be suffered by individuals of any age if the hearing process is compromised by any number of causes. It is generally thought that loss of plasticity of the eardrum and associated inner ear structures may be a contributing factor. Hearing loss is also known to be additive and progressively becomes worse if hearing is not protected from extreme noise.
The generated noise, or noises caused by tinnitus, if loud enough, may completely interfere with, or mask other external sounds, acting as “white noise’, reducing the level and acuity of any residual hearing the subject may otherwise enjoy. The distraction and masking effect is significant and destructive particularly if hearing is already reduced substantially by other causes such as disease, or if pre-existing physical conditions caused by illness, accident, or other causes are a factor. Total deafness can result.
Tinnitus is commonly experienced by people that may have been subject to one or more of the following conditions:
• exposure to excessively loud music , such as using headphones set too loudly,or extreme rock concert music
• constant use of the telephone, for example, headset technology used with cell phones
• long-term high-decibel noise in working environments that involve machinery, loud impact noises generated by jack-hammers, firearms, explosives and jet engines;
• nerve or neural damage caused by head or neck trauma, such as whiplash or impact to the head;
• physical damage to the eardrum or inner ear structure by direct impact or penetration and resulting perforation of the ear drum or scar tissue;
• physical changes to the hearing caused by illness which may include interference with nerve pathways, tumors, or benign growths;
• environmental damage to the nervous system from exposure to chemicals;
• High blood pressure
• Use of prescription drugs may be a contributing factor;
• Physical exhaustion. Although considered to be permanent, tinnitus is generally worse when an individual is physically tired;
• Stress: Tinnitus is exacerbated by stress;
• Aging. Tinnitus is very common in the elderly.
Oh yes...the news...maybe there REALLY IS some good news? Within a few months, clinical trials on humans are to begin at the University of Dallas-Texas, where researchers have discovered that stimulation of the Vagus nerve (VNS) with electricity using non-intrusive methods may reverse, or actually eliminate tinnitus. Perhaps even a cure for tinnitus.
I’m glad to hear that.
That may be the best news we have heard at Incoming BYTES yet.