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Tinnitus, or Ringing in the Ears Can be One of Most Frustrating and Irritating Problems to Live and Deal With

by Kathy Peck

Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears can be one of the most frustrating and irritating problems to live and deal with. Since there are over a hundred causes for the problem, a technique that corrects the condition for one person may do absolutely nothing for someone else. Correction is difficult in part due to the remarkable sensitivity of the ear. The ear drum moves only a thousand millionth of a centimeter (less than the diameter- of a hydrogen atom) in response to the minimal sound you can hear at 1,000 Hz. It's sensitivity is greater than any microphone possible. If it were any more sensitive, we would hear the constant noise of air molecules hitting our ear drums. When you realize how delicate a structure we're dealing with, it's amazing that all of us don't constantly hear the blood as it's pumped through the tiny arteries in and around the ear drum, or thousands of other similar noises.

With tinnitus, only the sufferer hears the noise. It's not always a ringing sound. It can be buzzing, hissing, roaring, whistling, ringing or a, combination of sounds. It can be constant or intermittent. All of us have experienced a temporary type of tinnitus after hearing a loud rock concert, explosion, gun shot or noise. Fortunately, for most of us, it quickly subsides. For an estimated 10 million people in this country, however, it is a constant noise so loud they - are practically deaf most of the time. Another 35 million experience less severe episodes.

Practically any ear disorder can cause tinnitus including: obstruction of the exterior ear canal; infection of the interior ear, internal ear, tube, the covering of the brain, the mastoid bone; toxcicity from heavy metals, alcohol, carbon monoxide, etc; anemia; hypothyroidism; cardiovascular disease; high blood pressure; hypoglycernia; aspirin; diuretics; antibiotics; hereditary nerve or bone formation; trauma to the head; noise-induced hearing loss; eustachian tube obstruction; neck problems; cranial bone misalignments; Menieres disease; Temporalmandibular Joint dysfunction; calcium deposits, etc.


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