Between 10-15 percent of the population suffers from some degree of tinnitus, with more than half affected in both ears. In the United States alone, it is calculated that about 12 million people a year seek medical advice for this condition. For many, leading a normal life is impossible. Beltone offers the Beltone Tinnitus Breaker - the most advanced acoustic therapy tool for tinnitus treatment. With straightforward counseling and the Beltone Tinnitus Breaker you can now help clients suffering from tinnitus.
Your brain can't help it
Tinnitus is an involuntary sound perception originating in the head. As the tinnitus sound emerges from the subconscious and is perceived and processed, it can trigger a strong, negative emotional response.
Normally, the sound is fainter than the sound of a leaf falling to the ground. Yet to the people suffering from tinnitus, it can be intolerable.
At sub-cortical level, the auditory system fails to filter out the irrelevant tinnitus noise before it reaches the person’s consciousness.
The severity of tinnitus depends on how a person processes the tinnitus sound. If the person’s brain perceives the tinnitus as important or threatening, a negative emotional reaction occurs. This, in turn, heightens the awareness and attention paid to the signal and distresses the person even more. And a vicious circle is created. What causes tinnitus?
Tinnitus can have many causes including hearing loss, exposure to loud sounds, an ear infection or stress. But one thing’s for sure. The cause won’t interest the people suffering from tinnitus as much as a way to find relief. In the vast majority of cases, however, tinnitus is not related to a serious physical condition. Tinnitus is a perception in the brain, and although it can cause great distress, there is help for it.