(CNN) – At some point in their lives, most people will experience tinnitus, which is a ringing or hissing sound in the ears.
It might happen after attending a loud concert or being too close to a loud explosion, but usually it goes away on its own. However, for about 1% of the population, it doesn’t. And for them, it can be a life altering.
Young musician Dylan Regan suffers from tinnitus.
Regan said, “It wasn’t until I went to a symphony that I realized something was wrong because I was enjoying it at the beginning then my ears start to really hurt.”
But just what is it?
Jorge Gonzalez, Chief Of Audiology At Emory University Hospital Midtown, explained, “Tinnitus itself is generally characterized as a sound that people hear in their ears, usually a hissing or a ringing sound, sometimes it’s a chirping noise as well.”
Exposure to loud noise usually triggers tinnitus, but there are other causes as well.
Gonzalez noted, “Certain medications can also cause tinnitus now. Some of those include certain antibiotics, certain aminoglycosides in particular that treat bacterial infections also damage to the ear.’
It can also be caused by a faulty brain-ear connection.
There’s no easy remedy for tinnitus. Dylan is trying therapy with a “glass half full” approach.
Regan said, “I am actively working towards that. Working towards making it better, doing the therapy, I guess there is some light at the end of the tunnel.”
Remember to guard your ears with ear plugs when you are in situations involving extremely loud noises. Talk to your doctor if you think you might be experiencing tinnitus.