Tinnitus is "the perception of sound within the human ear in the absence of corresponding external sound..."
Tinnitus is not a disease, but a symptom that can result from a wide range of underlying causes, the most common being noise induced hearing loss.
Can you imagine, an almost constant noise in your ears, when there is no actual noise? Earplugs don't stop it, earmuffs, pillows ... all useless. And the stress from not being able to stop it? Why it just makes the tinnitus even worse. And on and on it goes. This is how it is for my Dad. And he's had to deal with it for years.
Recently he's decided to do something about it and has joined the American Tinnitus Association. And this Saturday, he will be walking to raise money to fund more research.
You can join the walk in Portland, OR this Saturday June 25, 2011, join a satellite walk, or donate online.
Any way you choose, your help will make life easier for over 50 million people in the United States that suffer from tinnitus.