What is the connection between tinnitus and deafness?

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Tinnitus is particularly loud in the dead of night, making it difficult to fall asleep. Even when I fall asleep, it's very shallow. Some people report that they can be awakened by tinnitus when they are not sleeping deeply (tinnitus can wake the owner just like external sounds). Because after waking up in the middle of the night, the tinnitus is still ringing, making people restless and unable to sleep.


What is the connection between tinnitus and deafness?



Tinnitus It is a disorder of hearing. The sound can be high or low, with various tones, such as the chirping of cicadas, the sound of wind, or the sound of running water mixed with the chirping of crickets. Tinnitus can be paroxysmal or persistent. Some tinnitus is accompanied by deafness, and some only have tinnitus without deafness.


Most deaf patients have varying degrees of auditory system lesions, and all have varying degrees of hearing damage after hearing examination. If ototoxic antibiotics such as streptomycin and gentamicin are used improperly, they can cause inner ear poisoning in some people, causing tinnitus and deafness. If detected early and treated early, the cause of deafness can be reduced or avoided. Tinnitus caused by various ear diseases such as otosclerosis and Meniere's disease may lead to deafness if allowed to progress and not treated in time. However, not all tinnitus causes deafness.


In real life, many deaf patients are accompanied by varying degrees of tinnitus. Tinnitus is the patient's subjective feeling of sound in the ears or head, but there is no corresponding sound source in the environment. The sound often increases in quiet conditions. The mechanism of tinnitus is very complex and is still not fully understood. Therefore, it is also very difficult to treat. Strictly speaking, those who can hear sounds in the ears are true tinnitus, and those who feel noise in the head are called craninitus. There are many types of deafness that can cause tinnitus, such as cerumen embolism, Eustachian tube obstruction, tympanic effusion, otosclerosis, drug-induced deafness, traumatic deafness, presbycusis, sudden deafness, etc. Therefore, deafness and tinnitus are closely related. Deafness can be accompanied by tinnitus, and tinnitus can also be accompanied by deafness.


What should I do if I have tinnitus?
The treatment of tinnitus should focus on the cause of the tinnitus to eliminate or minimize it. No matter what kind of tinnitus it is, once the cause is found and effectively treated, tinnitus can often be better controlled. In real life, it is not easy to find the cause of the disease. Even if the cause is found, the solution is not easy to find. Therefore, for tinnitus, we try to use a nourishing strategy and try to avoid the effects of drugs.

It is recommended that you go to the otolaryngology department for examination and diagnosis. Targeted treatment is required according to the specific situation.