by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
Here’s a shocking statistic—75% of 18 to 30 year-olds who go to nightclubs and concerts may experience tinnitus, according to an article published in a recent edition of the Journal of Clinical Nursing.
That’s a lot of people flirting with disaster to their ears. You see, in such situations tinnitus is your ears’ warning that you are damaging your ears by exposing them to sounds that are much too loud. When this happens, pay attention. Protect your ears, or get out of the noisy environment if you value your ears.
Fortunately, for most people this resulting tinnitus is temporary and disappears in hours or a few days. However, be warned, typically the more you listen to loud sounds, the louder your tinnitus becomes, and the longer it lasts, until finally it never goes away. You don’t want that to happen to you!
In addition to being a real “pain” in and of itself, tinnitus is also often a warning of impending or actual hearing loss. Studies reveal that 85% of people with hearing loss also have tinnitus.
Incidentally, some people are more susceptible to tinnitus than others. For example, some studies show that depression and bothersome tinnitus go hand in hand. If fact, 62% of tinnitus sufferers have a “lifetime prevalence of major depression” according to the above article. In addition, tinnitus causes things such as tension, frustration, anger, loss of concentration and sleep disturbance.
If you want to learn more about tinnitus and the things you can do to help bring it under control, see the book, “When Your Ears Ring—Cope with Your Tinnitus—Here’s How“.