What is tinnitus?
People who are often in noisy surroundings and do not protect themselves with good and professional hearing protection run the risk of developing tinnitus at some point in their lives. But what exactly is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is less of a disease. At least it has nothing to do with viruses or bacteria. Rather, it is a decrease in hearing performance combined with persistent ear noises. Tinnitus comes from Latan and means something like "ringing in the ear". But how does this tinnitus arise? First you have to understand how hearing actually works. Sound waves travel through the ear through the ear canal into the inner ear. This is where small hair cells are ultimately located, which are set in vibration by the sound waves. This in turn generates signals that are then sent to the brain. This is of course now very simplified, but simply explained it works exactly the same way. Too loud noises cause the hair cells to vibrate and in extreme cases can break or be damaged.
Hair cells in the ear are irreversible in humans, which means that the body is unable to repair these cells. As a result, hairs that are broken are lost forever. When a person is born, they usually have 100% hearing. Over the years, this hearing performance can be caused by loud noises such as. Music or construction machinery is slowly getting lost.
Of course you don't notice that immediately. Over time, however, with increasing age or continuously noisy surroundings, hearing loss can occur. Hearing loss is not only evident from the fact that it is difficult to hear and the environment to be perceived poorly. Rather, tinnitus means ear noises that are permanently present in the ear without any external stimulus.
Concert goers can tell you a thing or two about it. Who doesn't know that, after a 2 hour concert your ears ring a lot. The ears are then really dull, as if numb and you can hear a continuous tone. In most cases this tone goes away and everything seems to be fine the next day. If there is too much noise, however, the hairs in the ear may not straighten up but break off. The more of these hair cells break, the more likely you will get a continuous tone in your ear - and that is tinnitus. This tone can be perceived differently. The sound shows up as a humming, whistling, hissing, beeping, Morse sound or all together.
Tinnitus is defined in 4 degrees of severity:
Grad 1: Ear noise present, but does not burden the person concerned
Grad 2: Ear noises are present, clearly perceptible and can become increasingly stressful depending on the situation
Grad 3: permanent impairment of quality of life
Grad 4: severe impairment of everyday life
So you can see that tinnitus is not something to be taken lightly. People who develop grade 4 can often only live with it to a limited extent. There have even been cases of suicide due to the constant noise that accompanies you 24 hours a day.
What can I do against it?
First of all, it is important to know what noise can do in the ear. It's a bit like brushing your teeth. If you don't brush your teeth, not much will likely happen at first. With increasing duration, however, caries or periodontal disease develop. You get bad teeth and toothache and you have to go to the dentist. Here at the latest you think “I should have brushed my teeth better”! It is no different with the ears. If you don't protect yourself in a noisy environment, then probably not much will happen at first. Over time, however, your hearing gets worse, your tinnitus gets worse and at some point you think “If I would have used hearing protection”!
Of course, we don't want to scare anyone here, we just want to show facts that speak for professional hearing protection. Today's hearing protection is a high-tech product! There are many different hearing protection products for many areas of application. From earmuffs for loud to very noisy environments, to earplugs and plugs with extra filters for music, to silicone and wax hearing protection. Every product has its own area of application.
Application examples for hearing protection:
Construction site, industry, home & garden, school, university, education, reading, vacation, swimming, motorbike, sailing, airplane, sleeping, snoring and much more.
This small list shows how many different hearing protection products there are. There is no ONE hearing protection. Rather, you will find an optimized product for every everyday situation. KiddyPlugs helps you find the right hearing protection. We are available to you with advice and action at any time.
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