What Causes Tinnitus Or “Ringing In The Ears?”
Scientists consider that tinnitus-like sensations are always present just below the level of awareness in almost everyone, probably due to the healthy random firing of the auditory nerve at rest. People are prevented from constantly hearing these sounds because of filtering networks in the brain that treat them as unimportant and reject them through a process known as habituation.
However, when a person becomes aware of their tinnitus symptoms, there is an emotional assignment to that ringing. In most cases, it is anxiety, fear, annoyance, or worry. The relationship between the ears and our brains is highly advanced and complicated. The awareness of the constant ringing in the ears compounds itself, which becomes problematic.
Between the ear and the brain are 2 million nerve cells that form a neuronal network, capable of sophisticated pattern recognition, enhancement, and suppression of auditory signals. The neuronal networks become highly tuned to the tinnitus pattern so that the auditory system can easily recognize it even in the presence of other signals. This is the same as our ability to hear the sound of our own name even in high levels of competing background noise.
Many tinnitus patients are often told that they "just have to live with it," or worse, that "nothing can be done."
We want you to know that this is not the case. Your tinnitus can absolutely be addressed and your symptoms can be significantly improved.
Read on to learn about our qualifications in treating tinnitus through several therapy options.