Which of us has not ‘heard the universe humming’ on a starlit night, far, far away from the noises of civilization, or ‘listened to the ocean roaring’ in a spiral conch shell? These sounds might not be entirely in our imagination. They could be the microscopic hairs in our cochlea waving, as they strain to make sense of the silence.
How a Chain Reaction of COVID and Tinnitus Took a Good Man Down
When Kent Taylor opened his highly successful Louisville-based Texas Roadhouse, he could have had no idea his life could end with tinnitus suicide. People loved his easygoing, casual dining style. His people walked the extra mile because they knew he appreciated them, and was there for them when they needed him.
He even stopped drawing a salary from the business when the COVID epidemic struck, and his customer base dwindled. The Texas Roadhouse CEO tinnitus eventually took out even paid his employees from his own pocket when he needed to so they all received their full pay.
And then, sadly, Kent Taylor contracted the COVID-19 disease while the pandemic raged. He got the illness real bad. We guess he may have had severe respiratory syndrome which must have been stressful, because when he recovered he had severe tinnitus. Kent later took his own life, because he could not see a way through living with the persistent sounds.
Let’s Travel Deep Down and Discover the Hairs in Our Cochlea
- Down the Ear Canal Past the Ear Drum …
2. Deep Into the Inner Chambers of the Cochlea …
3. The Cochlea Hairs that Interpret Sounds …
The Cochlea Heart of Our Hearing and Tinnitus
We have arrived at the heart of tinnitus, where our inner ear receives sounds from our environment, and signals them to our brains that tell us about them. However, if those hairs become damaged, they can create false signals our brains interpret as genuine noises, although they don’t really exist.
That was a high-level, nonscientific explanation of tinnitus that can cause depression, and in rare cases, tinnitus suicide, because the non-tinnitus world does not understand it, and is unable or unwilling to offer emotional support.
We wrote this article to help those struggling with tinnitus, and their loved ones understand the condition better, and to explain what they could do to alleviate it. But first, we shared the tale of the Texas Roadhouse CEO so you understand the condition is not something to take lightly.
What Causes This Inner Ear Damage - What Can We Do About It?
People with tinnitus hear noises that are not actually there outside of their bodies. It’s quite a common problem, says Mayo Clinic, with 15% to 25% of people, especially older adults experiencing it.
Insistent tinnitus that may cause depression is usually the result of age-related hearing loss, an ear injury, or a problem with the circulatory system. Most folks are able to live with it after finding ways to reduce or mask the annoying sounds. Audiologists report some success from using digital hearing aids to do this.
What Are the Symptoms of Tinnitus?
The condition mostly associates with ringing sounds, seemingly coming from the ears themselves. However, it could also present as buzzing, roaring, clicking, hissing, or humming. The intensity varies from soft to very loud. It may affect one or both ears.
May we recommend you see a doctor if your tinnitus bothers you greatly. That’s because severe tinnitus can cause depression and even tinnitus suicide, as happened to Kent Taylor after it became a side effect of his lingering COVID-19.
How to Avoid Getting Tinnitus
Tinnitus is a life-style condition that often develops over time as we approach the later years of our lives. Medical scientists have developed treatments that that help in some of these cases:
- An ear canal infection, or wax build-up can change the pressure in your ears, triggering tinnitus symptoms. Speak your doctor as soon as possible if the condition comes on suddenly.
- Head or neck injuries may also cause the onset of tinnitus, if they damage the inner ear, hearing nerves or brain function linked to hearing. A number of medications can also bring it on. Speak to a medical professional for more advice.
- A state of acute anxiety or depression also associates with the onset of tinnitus. We surmise this may have been the case with Kent Taylor as he lay ill in hospital fretting about his business.
- Hearing loss can also occur as those tiny, delicate cochlear hairs become bent, and worn as we age. Fortunately, we can treat the resulting mild to moderate hearing loss with digital hearing aids. And, as we have said these may also be able to assist with tinnitus.
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We offer a money-back guarantee in the event you do not have the success you expected. However, the chances are you may be delighted how they improve your hearing, and tone any tinnitus down.