Causes of tinnitus, how it can be life-altering for some

AVE UP AND TOOK OFF EMPTY-HANDED. >> Janine: IN TODAY'S HEALTH CAST A CLOSER LOOKTE AT A CONDITION THAT CAUSES A RING OR HISSING SOUND IN THE EARS. OUR MEDICAL SPECIALIST KRISTI KRUEGER IS IN THE NEWSROOM WITH WHAT MAY CAUSE AND IT WHY FOR SOME THIS CONDITION COULD BE LIFE ULTRA. >> Kristi: AND SO VERY FRUSTRATING. APP AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIVES MOST PEOPLE EXPERIENCE TINNITUS.

IT MIGHT HAPPEN AFTER ATTENDING A LOUD CONCERT OR TOO CLOSE TO A LOUD EXPLOSION BUT USUALLY IT DOES GO AWAY ALL BY ITSELF. HOWEVER FOR 1% POPULATION IT JUST DOESN'T. DYLAN REAGAN SUFFERS FROM TINNITUS. >> IT WASN'T UNTIL I WENT TO A SYMPHONY THAT I REALIZED SOMETHING WAS WRONG BECAUSE I WAS ENJOYING IT AT THE BEGINNING, AND MY EARS STARTED TO REALLY HURT. >> Kristi: BUT JUST WHAT IS IT? >> TINNITUS ITSELF IS GENERALLY CHARACTERIZED AS A SOUND THAT PEOPLE HERE IN THEIR EARS, USUALLY A HISSING OR A RINGING SOUND.

SOMETIMES IT'S CHIRPING NOISES AS WELL. >> Kristi: EXPOSURE TO LOUD NOISE USUALLY TRIGGERS TINNITUS BUT THERE ARE OTHER CAUSES AS WELL. >> CERTAIN MEDICATIONS CAN ALSO CAUSE TINNITUS, THINGS LOOK CERTAIN ANTIBIOTICS, CERTAIN AMINO GLYCOSIDES IN PARTICULAR THAT TREAT BACTERIAL INFECTIONS ALSO DAMAGE THE EAR. >> Kristi: IT CAN ALSO BE CAUSE BIDE FAULTY BRAIN-EAR COMPENSATION THERE'S NO EASY REMEDY FOR TINNITUS. DYLAN IS TRYING THERAPY WITH A GLASS HALF FULL ATTITUDE. >> AS LONG AS I'M ACTIVELY WORKING TOWARDS THAT, WORKING TOWARDS MAKING IT BETTER, DOING THE THERAPY THAT I GUESS THERE IS SOME LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. >> Kristi: SO PREVENTION IS PINK REMEMBER TO GUARD YOURS EARS WITH EARPLUGS WHEN YOU ARE IN SITUATIONS INVOLVING EXTREMELY LOUD NOISES LOOK A CONCERT. TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU THINK YOU MIGHT BE EXPERIENCING THIS CONDITION THERE ARE SOME NEWER.

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