February is Tinnitus Awareness Month. Tinnitus is the perception of sound heard in the ears or head that is not actually present in the environment. The sound associated with tinnitus varies from person to person, however, it is typically described as a ringing, buzzing, hissing or clicking.
Tinnitus can occur as a result of many factors, however, it is commonly caused by inner ear hair cell damage, which occurs when the tiny hair cells in the inner ear are overworked and bent or broken. This breakdown of hair cells triggers impulses to your brain, causing you to hear what you perceive as tinnitus.
If you’ve been told that you just have to live with tinnitus, we have a guest who says that’s just not true. We welcome Dr. Jill Bernstein from Hearing Evaluation Services to talk more about this.