While the tinnitus experience is different for everyone, the disruptions in sleep, trouble concentrating, and the emotional toll are universal. Below is a breakdown of how tinnitus can impact your life.
Many people with tinnitus report they have trouble sleeping because when lying down in a quiet room, the ringing becomes more prevalent. Once you are aware of your tinnitus, it can be harder to relax and fall asleep.
Once your tinnitus makes it more challenging for you to fall asleep and stay asleep, this can lead to sleep deprivation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 7-19% of American adults are not getting enough sleep. Sleep deprivation can be dangerous, as it has been linked to a number of health conditions including heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, obesity and even depression.
Not getting enough sleep has also been linked to an increased risk of injury. In 2017, drowsy driving was responsible for almost 800 deaths in the United States. And older adults who do not sleep well are more likely to fall and break a bone.
Experiencing tinnitus is like listening to the bells that just never stop ringing. While some people become experts at ignoring these bothersome sounds, for most it is a challenge.
Tinnitus can distract you from important tasks that require concentration, such as reading, writing, studying, learning and even trying to problem solve at the Woodinville Library.
Unlike hearing loss, which makes it hard for you to hear the conversation, tinnitus makes it hard for you to concentrate on what is being said in the conversation. Being unable to focus while listening can make communicating with others hard.
Trouble with Emotional Reactions
Over time, tinnitus can become emotionally draining. Being unable to concentrate can lead to feelings of frustration, worry and anger, which can increase depression and anxiety.
Importance of Seeking Help
While most who experience tinnitus cannot be cured, there are a number of treatment options available that can help you better manage the symptoms. To learn more about the available tinnitus treatments or to schedule an appointment with a tinnitus professional, contact Hearing Advancement Center today.