Tinnitus is commonly described as a ringing in the ears, but it also can sound like roaring, clicking, hissing, or buzzing. It may be soft or loud, high pitched or low pitched. You might hear it in either one or both ears. In the past year, experts estimate that 22.7 million adult Americans experienced tinnitus for more than three months, which is roughly 10 percent of the adult population of the United States. Tinnitus results from nerve activity that the brain interprets as “sound.” Everyone experiences tinnitus sometimes. Some people experience constant, or near-constant tinnitus. The American Tinnitus Association estimates that 50 million individuals in the United States have tinnitus. It is likely that 3-4 million veterans experience tinnitus. The most common cause of tinnitus is exposure to loud noise. Tinnitus can also result from head injury, medications, ear wax, and many other causes. It can be impossible to know the exact cause of tinnitus because it is associated with so many conditions, such as high blood pressure, stress, dental problems, metabolic problems, and high cholesterol. The things you can do today to minimise the ringing in your ears are Avoid loud noise. Loud noise can make your tinnitus temporarily or permanently worse. Protect yourself from loud noise such as, loud music, power tools, chain saws, guns, and factory noise. When you are around these types of loud noises use earplugs or earmuffs. Avoid total silence. Being in a quiet room may make your tinnitus more noticeable. To help with this, try being around low-volume, pleasant sounds, such as music or nature sounds (especially water). Devices that produce sound include radios, CD players, table top fountains, sound generators, and electric fans. Lifestyle changes that might help: Reduce excessive use of caffeine, alcohol, salt, aspirin, and nicotine Reduce stress as much as possible Get adequate sleep Keep your mind and body busy with meaningful activities Establish a healthy diet Exercise regularly

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