Tinnitus is a condition that many individuals suffer from, but few realize what it is and that it may be able to be treated. Tinnitus often presents as a ringing in the ear. For many, this is intermittent, minor and manageable. For others, it is a constant problem that affects many aspects of everyday life. For these individuals that are highly affected, it has been determined that there is a strong link between tinnitus and insomnia.
The Importance of Sleep
Most people know that sleep is important simply because they can feel the negative effects of a lack of sleep in their daily lives. Many however do not realize the full extent of the dangers of sleeplessness. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute states that “The damage from sleep deficiency can occur in an instant (such as a car crash), or it can harm you over time. For example, ongoing sleep deficiency can raise your risk for some chronic health problems. It also can affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others.”
An article published in The Hearing Journal in June of 2017 dives deeper into the link between tinnitus and insomnia. They say that many tinnitus patients report symptoms apart from a ringing in their ears, including chronic fatigue, difficulty falling asleep, middle of the night awakenings and morning fatigue. They specifically state that “A patient with tinnitus may not only have ringing in the ears but also a critical sleep disorder that can be life-altering when combined with tinnitus. “
Lack of sleep is linked to many physical psychological problems, including depression, increased stress and sleep avoidance. The fear that is caused by tinnitus induced insomnia can have lasting effects. This is just one of many reasons to look into treatment options for tinnitus.
It is estimated that tinnitus affects about 1 in 5 people and is typically considered a symptom of an underlying condition, such as ear injury or age related hearing loss. What many people do not realize is that it can often be treated by a hearing device, such as a hearing aid. Modern hearing aids are able to be digitally programmed specifically for an individual, which not only have the benefit of better hearing but can also combat tinnitus.
If you or someone you know if suffering from the effects of tinnitus, give us a call today to schedule a free hearing evaluation! (805) 496-3553