November 29, 2018
You’re relaxing with your family before Thanksgiving dinner. Suddenly, your ears are filled with a tinny ringing sound. You can barely hear the conversation going on around you, let alone the TV show that everyone is talking about. You find yourself feeling frustrated—and worse, isolated from your family.
Sound familiar? Those who struggle with tinnitus can experience feelings of isolation and frustration regarding their symptoms. It’s hard to carry on a conversation with your friends and family, pay attention at work, or even enjoy the things you used to, like movies, with that all-too-familiar ringing in your ears.
Here at Audiology Professionals, we never want anyone to feel isolated due to their tinnitus or other hearing problems. You’re not alone in suffering from tinnitus; in fact, 1 in 5 people, or nearly 50 million Americans, will experience tinnitus in their lifetime, according to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA). It is one of the most common health conditions in the country.
While there is currently no cure for tinnitus, there are solutions that can help you take back your life.
How Tinnitus Affects Us
The impact of tinnitus can vary person-to-person. As mentioned above, this is one of the most common health conditions in the United States, with over 50 million sufferers. 20 million of those have chronic, on-going tinnitus. If you’re one of that number, you know just how isolating it can be—and you’re not alone in feeling that way.
In a study from the ATA, 7 percent of respondents identified social isolation as one of the biggest impacts on their daily life, alongside trouble concentrating, sleep problems, and increased anxiety. All of these things can increase feelings of isolation: not being able to concentrate at work, not being able to sleep well, and feeling anxious about catching details in a conversation that you can’t quite understand can make you feel like you’re in a separate world from everyone else.
It’s important to remember that you’re not alone in suffering from tinnitus! Many people struggle with tinnitus, as well as feeling isolated, but they found solutions to help them better deal with tinnitus so they can rejoin the conversation. You can experience that too!
Do You Need a Second Opinion?
If you’ve been diagnosed with tinnitus, but not offered a solution for how to help it, we can help! Here at Audiology Professionals, we can offer you a second opinion on your chronic tinnitus, as well as solutions that can help you regain control of your life. Contact us here to learn more and schedule an appointment.
We know that sometimes it can feel difficult to be heard by medical professionals regarding tinnitus. Many still view tinnitus as a mere irritance—rather than a serious issue that can impact sufferers mental health. We know that when you aren’t heard by medical professionals, it can make you feel confused about whether what’s bothering you is actually bothering you—and that can increase your feelings of frustration and isolation regarding your tinnitus. Here at Audiology Professionals, we care about how you feel about your tinnitus and how it impacts your life. We want to help you live the most positive, full life you can—and if tinnitus is standing in the way, it’s time to find a solution that works for you.
How We Can Help
As we covered in our previous blog post about tinnitus, there are many solutions to help lessen your perception of tinnitus, such as some new technology products designed to mask the sound and hearing aids for those who also struggle with hearing loss. Even more effective solutions are often free: reducing stress, creating background noise to help you focus on another sound, and behavior modification can help reduce the symptoms of tinnitus, helping you feel less isolated.
When you schedule an appointment at Audiology Professionals, we will help you determine the best plan to help overcome your tinnitus, whether it is a hearing aid or a plan to start exercising or playing music in your office. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health—and if your tinnitus is making you feel isolated and anxious, it’s time to find a solution. Contact us today to learn more.