Debra Arneson-Thilmony, an audiologist with Sanford Health / Hearing Center in Bismarck, ND wrote an article in The Bismark Tribune describing the basic symptoms and causes of tinnitus. As many residents from North Dakota can attest, its largest industry is agriculture. Many farmers and food producers also know that today's machinery intensive farming comes along with hard work, long hours and of course loud sounds.
Here are the take-aways from her article:
- What is Tinnitus? Tinnitus is a term used to refer to noise or ringing in one or both ears when there is no real external sound.
- Is Tinnitus Preventable? Tinnitus is a condition that can be prevented before circumstances enable it to occur. For instance wearing earplugs whenever engaging in noisy activities, can greatly reduce the chances of getting tinnitus.
- What Causes tinnitus? According to Debra's article, there are several known causes for tinnitus: "Outer hair cell damage within the inner ear is the most common cause. Age-related hearing losses, chronic health conditions, conditions that affect the auditory nerves or brain’s hearing center, exposure to loud noise, changes in ear bones, some diseases and blood disorders and even stress and depression can cause tinnitus."
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