Preventing Tinnitus in NYC

Posted in: Hearing News  |  December 26, 2011 
Preventing Tinnitus in NYC

New York is a haven for musicians. The city boasts the birth of such diverse genres as bebop jazz, hip hop and punk rock. Whether it’s an arena show at Madison Square Garden, a concert in the park or the intimacy of a small club, live music is as much a part of the New York experience as the Statue of Liberty. Recent neurology studies have proven the many beneficial effects of music from affecting one’s state of mind to improving breathing and heart rate. Continued exposure to loud music, however, can cause more harm than good.  If you have a ringing in the ears that does not go away, you may be experiencing tinnitus.

Nearly 36 million Americans suffer from tinnitus or head noises. Tinnitus is not a condition, but a symptom that can result from a number of causes.  Most commonly, tinnitus is caused by aging or repeated exposure to loud noises. Some other causes of tinnitus include:

  • Ear infections, build up of wax in the ear or ear drum rupture
  • Medicines (overuse of asprin in particular)
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol or caffeine
  • Severe weight loss from malnutrition or dieting
  • Dental problems or other problems affecting the mouth

There are steps you can take to protect your ears and keep your hearing in great shape. Wear ear protection when using any kind loud machinery, including saws, lawn mowers or power tools. Turn down the volume on your music, especially when wearing headphones or driving in the car.  Don’t let fears of hearing loss keep you from enjoying live music. If you attend a concert bring along some ear plugs. In fact, special ear plugs can be custom made for you if you are a musician, or frequently attend concerts.  While there may be no cure for tinnitus, give us a call to find out how to reduce symptoms and ensure the health of your hearing.