While plenty of people experience temporary tinnitus symptoms, long term tinnitus is often associated with seniors. But the reality is that people of all ages can become afflicted with tinnitus and it is becoming more frequent that younger demographics are struggling with tinnitus.
What Demographics Are Likely To Have Tinnitus
There are certain demographics that are more prone to developing tinnitus than others. Depending on whether or not you fall into one of these groups, you may have a high risk of developing tinnitus.
Here at Modern Hearing Solutions of Wyoming, our most common patients are senior adults who are experiencing hearing loss and tinnitus concurrently. While tinnitus and hearing loss aren’t always connected, in many cases, those who are struggling with tinnitus will have some level of hearing loss which was caused by either loud noise exposure or age-related hearing loss.
Hunters and motorsports fans
Whether you are regularly exposed to the roaring of a sporting engine or the deafening report of a firearm, you can be putting yourself at risk of developing tinnitus. For hunters and gun range shooters, not wearing the right hearing protection can leave you exposed to decibels (dB) over 120 dB. At that level of noise, it doesn’t take much exposure before it takes a permanent toll on your hearing as it also triggers tinnitus.
When it comes to motorsports fans, whether you are a participant or a sideline fan, you are taking a similar noise exposure risk. Your average stock race car can output over 130 dB, and other motorized vehicles like four-wheelers and dirt bikes aren’t much better, usually reaching 100 dB, though the sound goes up to 140 dB when the engine backfires.
Workers in high-noise workplaces
While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has mandated strict laws regarding how much noise employees can be exposed to, it is on the employee to make sure that they follow company regulations and protect themselves. Also, some acceptable noise levels can slowly damage hearing over time, leading to noticeable tinnitus first and hearing loss later.
Musicians and music enthusiasts
Many famous musicians have come forward to talk about their tinnitus. It is highly likely that many less well-known musicians also suffer from tinnitus, as they may not have been able to afford the appropriate protection.
Along with musicians, many music enthusiasts tend to expose themselves to their favorite bands near the highest volume possible. Teens, in particular, have been found to be endangering their hearing, as they don’t understand how their use of earbuds and noise-canceling headphones at high volume is damaging their hearing and can lead to tinnitus.
Service members and veterans
The life of an active military service member will often put them at risk of being exposed to loud machinery, gunfire, and explosives. Not only does this leave service members at a higher risk of hearing loss, but it can also lead to tinnitus. In fact, for U.S. veterans, tinnitus is the biggest service-related disability.
Even if you aren’t a part of any of these high-risk tinnitus demographics, it is still possible for you to develop tinnitus. However, you don’t have to just learn to live with it. Instead, you can find the right tinnitus treatment for your needs by working with our hearing instrument specialist.
Ways To Treat Tinnitus
There are ways to treat and manage your tinnitus. Some of these tinnitus management tips will require lifestyle changes while others will require the assistance of our hearing specialists.
- Lower your stress levels – Stress and anxiety are major triggers for tinnitus symptoms. If you have been struggling with your tinnitus, take a close look at your life and see if your tinnitus has been brought on by stress. If stress is the source, devise ways to reduce your stress load.
- Have a hearing evaluation – As we have mentioned, hearing loss plays a big role in tinnitus symptoms. So, to be sure that hearing loss isn’t the source of your tinnitus, it is important to have a hearing evaluation with our hearing specialist.
- Treat exacerbating medical conditions – Medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and other blood-related ailments can be a significant trigger for tinnitus. By having these conditions treated, your tinnitus may become less of a problem.
- Use hearing aids with tinnitus support – Whether or not you have tinnitus, hearing aids can help you manage your tinnitus. There are hearing aids which have built-in tinnitus support, allowing you to mask the tinnitus so that it is no longer noticeable.
- Exercise regularly – By engaging in regular exercise, you can alleviate many of the health conditions which can make tinnitus worse.
If you want to work with our hearing specialist to manage your tinnitus, contact us for an appointment today.