Whenever you have an affliction, you talk to your friends to see what they say about it. So I go see my two dear friends and guess what...they got it too...this blew me away. Yesterday I talking to 2 more friends and they got it too.So it is VERY common . So, you ask, what is it?
Tinnitus. You ask what is that? It is a hearing problem that anyone can get. It is a strange sound that you hear in your ear that does not go away and is with you everywhere you go. It can sound like a buzzing, popping, snapping, humming, swooshing, squealing etc. It is accompanied by hearing loss. It is caused by deterioration of hearing where the cilia inside your ear get irreversibly damaged...and believe me you got to live with this night and day. (As I write this, I'm listening to this irritating sound and IT ISN'T PLEASANT.) In other words, you put up with it...the rest of your life! It is possible to put a device in your ear that somewhat neutralizes this sound...I do not even want to ask what that costs.
So where does it come from? The Doc says exposure to very loud noises can set it off. Gun shots, noise at the drag strip, a backfiring auto, fireworks, loud music, even someone yelling in your ear or even wax build up. It isn't wax build up for me. And I immediately thought of all the folks that go to loud concerts or play loud music in the cars. They are risking losing their hearing. AND DON"T KNOW IT! Because it can happen a little over time...especially as we age.
All I can suggest is try to protect your hearing that you have cause when it is gone...IT'S GONE! Have ear protectors handy when you go to loud events. If you are partially deaf and going to loud concerts or listening to loud noises, you are making your hearing worse...and may not even realize it is happening.
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This post has been edited by kazantzakis: Thu Jan 10, 2013 06:27 AM