Ask anyone who has dealt with tinnitus, and they will most likely tell you it affects every aspect of their lives. And not in a good way. So, why do so many people put off tinnitus care? Research published in The Hearing Journal tells us that there are several common barriers that prevent those who are suffering from getting help.
What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus, commonly referred to as ringing in the ears, is considered one of the most common health conditions in the United States. It is believed to affect approximately 45 million people of all ages! It can manifest as a buzzing, hissing or similar sound most often heard only by the person affected. While many think of tinnitus as an illness or condition in itself, the truth is, it is actually a symptom. It can be the result of:
Whatever the cause, it’s important to seek treatment for tinnitus to uncover the underlying reason for it such as hypertension or hearing loss and prevent further health issues such as anxiety or depression. So, why do so many people live with tinnitus and put off that treatment?
The common barriers
What could be simpler than going to your hearing healthcare professional and treating tinnitus? It turns out, a lot of things. According to a review of existing research on the topic, those suffering from tinnitus face several common barriers to care. This first step of identifying the barriers could mean changes for the millions seeking care in the future.
Despite existing barriers, if you are experiencing tinnitus, one of the most important things you can do for your health is to seek treatment from a hearing healthcare provider. These professionals can determine the cause of your tinnitus and identify the best options for treatment such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, sound therapy, mindfulness or hearing aids.
If you have questions or believe you or someone you know are affected by tinnitus, contact our office to schedule a hearing evaluation today.