Tinnitus, more commonly known as ringing ears, is often times described differently by different sufferers. Some have reported to have experienced persistent whooshing or hissing sounds while others have experienced pulsating buzz sounds. Such sounds become louder in quieter surroundings especially at night when trying to fall sleep. Interestingly, in some milder cases of tinnitus the annoying and ear piercing sounds seem to fade or completely disappear in noisy places where louder sounds can mask them. The tinnitus may however, return as soon as you return to a quieter location.
While most tinnitus cases are temporary and fade away easily and automatically without any medical intervention, unfortunately, there are TONS of people who suffer permanent tinnitus.
There have been and continue to be ongoing studies to determine the triggers of tinnitus in an effort to find its cure. Some of the more recent studies have indicated that cellular phones or excess usage of them can be added to the long list of various causes of tinnitus.
Are you at risk?
A stunning number of over 50 million people suffer tinnitus of varied degrees in the US alone. Well over 12 million of these people have tinnitus issues up to the level that they have required medical attention. While approximately 2 million people are so severely affected by ringing ears that they find it disruptive to their normal life and relationships.
There have been many studies to determine the reasons behind ringing of the ears but the exact psychological or physiological reasons are not very clear, but here's a few very common causes of tinnitus:
• Exposure to very loud noises
• Damage in the inner ear
• Neck or head injury
• Immune disorders
• Tumor of the audit nerve in the ear
• Side effects of certain medicines
• Stress, anxiety
• Cardiovascular diseases
• Jaw misalignment
Recent studies in this field of possible causes of tinnitus have determined that cell phone usage is in fact a cause of tinnitus, and the amount of use is proportionate to the number of cases.
I know, its hard to imagine our lives without our cell phones, but excessive use may increase tinnitus. Cases of tinnitus due to excessive use of cell phones appear to be increasing each year, worldwide … pretty interesting right ?!
One test delivered with many test subjects Clearly indicated that people who used cell phones for long hours experienced one-sided tinnitus (guess which side?)
Research has demonstrated that the connection between tinnitus and cell phones is from the auditory pathway and the cochlea area of the ear openly absorbing a significant amount of sound energy produced by cell phones and that damage is caused to some parts of the inner ear thereby causing tinnitus . This study is just about 'sound', and does not even address any electronic exposure we might be subjecting ourselves.
Should You Stop Using Cell Phones?
Amongst all these tests and studies, there is a bit of relief. A large number of test subjects reported that they experienced tinnitus before their love affair with their mobile phone began. This means that the tinnitus may have had some other causes triggering its symptoms but the prolonged usage of the cell phone certainly made it more noticeable.
To simplify things a bit, yes, excessive use of cell phones has all the potentials of causing damage to those nerves in our inner ears. If you currently suffer from tinnitus, then excessive use of wireless devices will only make the issue worse. You'll have to determine how much is excessive.
As for treating the tinnitus, there are many effective therapies that can alter or alleviate it. Such therapies may use inner ear devices to lessen the impact of tinnitus, retraining of the brain to ignore the sounds, anxiety reduction therapy, or remedies.
Protecting yourself from the causes of tinnitus is always the best option. Keep away from loud noises and use earplugs carefully. Use cell phones as little as possible; refrain from those hour long conversations that only serve to cause ringing ears.