Hearing loss can have many different causes. The accumulation of noise exposure throughout our lives and the natural progression of age causes a deterioration in hearing. Some people are born with hearing loss and others acquire hearing loss as a result of ear disease, harmful medicines, head trauma and various other causes.
Tinnitus refers to the perception of sound in the ear when no external sound is present. This is often described as a ringing sound, crickets, locusts, or a low roar. There is currently no known cure for tinnitus, however research studies are being conducted to find a cure.
There are currently tinnitus masking devices available that may help a patient better cope with this condition. For patients who suffer with hearing loss and tinnitus, hearing aids can alleviate both issues.
A balance disorder is a condition that causes an individual to feel unsteady or dizzy. Sensations of movement, spinning, or floating may be experienced, even when standing or laying down. Balance disorders can be caused by some health conditions, medications, or problems within the ear or the brain.