Survey Results of 15 Things That May Cause Tinnitus
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I had studied statistical analysis in college and I like to solve problems, especially those that may help discover solutions to troubling concerns. With my background I constructed the survey that this analysis is based on.
After the survey had been online for a reasonable length of time, I compiled the results into a form that can be easily interpreted to show if there are any common causes of Tinnitus. The results so far are inconclusive, but interesting.
I have Tinnitus. I also like to do research to help find solutions to problems we all face. This is an analysis of my Survey of Tinnitus Sufferers, which I had done to determine if there is a common theme among us. My hope is to discover if it might be related to a single cause.
Based on my survey results, I compiled an analysis to see if anything stood out. I separated the results into three categories: Those with more affirmative results, those that were less positive, and those that were basically balanced. Where the percentages don’t add up to 100% were due to people who were not sure.
When reviewing the following results, one should keep in mind that statistics can fool us. I had studied statistical analysis in college and I realize that my research with this survey is not complete. It’s one-sided.
The only way to make sense of the results is if we had people without Tinnitus take the same survey, so that we can compare the results side by side. For example, the strong 92% result in favor of those who have WiFi is meaningless. It does not mean that WiFi causes Tinnitus.
I can say this because most people today have WiFi radiation around them, and I am sure most don’t have Tinnitus. This is why we really would need another survey – of those who don’t have Tinnitus. But for what it’s worth, it’s interesting to study the following results.
Eight Things Probably Not Related to Tinnitus
Issues that had many more “no” results than “yes” in the survey may not be related to Tinnitus. These are the following:
- Deviated septum - 15% Yes / 69% No
- Rosacea - 38% Yes / 62% No
- Herniated disc in cervical spine (neck) - 31% Yes / 69% No
- Lives near high power electric wires - 17% Yes / 83% No
- Tourette - 0% Yes / 100% No
- Uses artificial sweeteners - 27% Yes / 73% No
- Hit on the ears or sideways slam to the head - 25% Yes / 75% No
- Aphasia symptoms (unable to speak for short period) - 7% Yes / 80% No
One of the ideas some professionals have about certain forms of Tinnitus is that it’s a malfunction of the brain, specifically of the auditory functions. This is thought to be the case when no other cause can be attributed to it, such as is obvious if one has hearing loss.
And look at Tourette’s syndrome. Zero percent of Tinnitus sufferers have it (at least of the few who took the survey). But we would need a reverse survey to compare… I’d like to see how many Tourette sufferers have Tinnitus or not.
The items I put in this list would show us if there were any truth to a malfunction of the brain chemistry being the cause. But the “no” answers are so much higher that the conclusion is looking like it’s not the case.
I was almost sure I’d see more yes votes for Rosacea. I had this idea in mind that Rosacea can be an ailment that attacks tissues deep inside in addition to the skin on the surface, thus affecting brain function. But what do I know?
Four Things More Likely Related to Tinnitus
Four things stood out in my survey with more people saying "yes" and I feel that the medical community should consider investigation of these particular issues.
- Virtigo - 54% Yes / 46% No
- Have mercury teeth fillings - 62% Yes / 38% No
- Has WiFi router in home or work - 92% Yes / 8% No
- Stood near loud speakers in discos or nightclubs - 75% Yes / 25% No
Can Vertigo Cause Tinnitus?
Vertigo was close to the middle, but is leaning towards a possibility. Results can also be in the middle because there are many different reasons for Tinnitus.
Can Mercury Fillings Cause Tinnitus?
I find it interesting how many people with Tinnitus have Mercury fillings. I wonder if this can be a cause. I once asked my dentist about removing my mercury fillings that I got as a child. He said it’s safer to leaver them, since the removal process can cause more mercury to be released into the system. He said that if left alone, little is absorbed. Not enough to cause trouble. But I wonder about this.
Can WiFi Cause Tinnitus?
The high percentage of WiFi users is misleading, as I mentioned in the intro above. But it’s an interesting situation to consider. I know I developed Tinnitus in 2005, shortly after WiFi routers started to become a common occurrence in homes and offices. I installed WiFi in my home 2003.
Loud Music and Tinnitus
Standing near speakers in a nightclub and listening to loud music is clearly an issue. One surefire cause of Tinnitus is noise induced. Being near an explosion, for example, leaves people with ringing in the ears and possibly loss of hearing.
Inconclusive Results with Three Other Things
I consider the issues that had nearly equal yes and no answers to be inconclusive. They may or may not have anything to do with developing Tinnitus.
- Lets water run in ears during shower – 50% Yes / 50% No
- Blows nose hard - 46% Yes / 54% No
- Had nosebleeds - 50% Yes / 50% No
Since the results are so balanced with these three items, they should not be ruled out. The results are inconclusive, but with half the responses being positive it's still possible that they may be considered to be a cause of Tinnitus.
Are There Any Doctors Who Really Care To Research Tinnitus?
There are many reasons for Tinnitus that range from stress to hearing loss.The problem I ran into is that each specialist says something different and I never actually found one who knew much about it.
I had an audiologist give me a hearing test. I passed. He couldn't understand why I didn't have hearing loss. But what's worse, he didn't understand the difference between subjective and objective Tinnitus.
The answer to this would indicate if the Tinnitus is a real sound in the ear or if it's imagined by the brain. When I asked him about this he admitted he never tested for it. This surprised me because he was a professional audiologist. The test he performed was a total waste of time.
Another doctor did a CT Scan, but then when I asked if the eighth cranial nerve showed up, he admitted he forgot to image that meaningful auditory nerve. What a waste that was!
And these doctors bill the insurance companies for this useless work!
I welcome any professional who really wants to makes a difference, to apply my survey results with their own research.
© 2013 Glenn Stok
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