Coping With Tinnitus

Tinnitus is the perception of noise or ringing in the ears, a common problem affecting over 50 million Americans. The first week of February hosts Tinnitus Awareness Week.

Mindy Pollitt, Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist at Lake Ear, Nose, Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery talked to us about tinnitus and how it’s recognized.

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The  American Tinnitus Association  

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Serious Sound Waves

Listening to loud noise over a long period of time can damage the inner ear. Unfortunately, this damage is usually permanent.

The World Health Organization recommends that adults not be exposed to more than 140 decibels of peak sound pressure, similar to the sound of a siren. For children, the recommendation is 120 decibels, similar to the sound of a crowd.

The hearing specialists at Lake Ear, Nose, Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery explain how noise can damage hair cells, membranes, nerves, or other parts of your ear, causing temporary or permanent hearing loss.