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Dr. Samy Seeing Increase Of Tinnitus In Young Adults

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From the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute

Article by Cindy Starr – July 22, 2016

This time the canary in the coal mine is a buzzing or ringing sound in your teenager’s ears. It’s called tinnitus, and it is likely a warning sign that damage is occurring because of too much exposure to too much noise.

Ravi Samy, MD, FACS, an otolaryngologist with the Neurosensory Disorders Center at the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute, is seeing increasing numbers of young adults who are experiencing tinnitus.

“A lot of this is probably the tip of the iceberg,” says Samy (pronounced SAH-mee), who is chief of the Division of Otology/Neurotology in the Department of Otolaryngology at UC and director of the Adult Cochlear Implant Program for UC Health. “We don’t know what the long-term ramifications are. Exposure to harmful sound levels is cumulative. It takes years or even decades for the damage to become serious. But I think the data is growing that our use of cell phones, MP3 players and other electronic devices is having an impact.”

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Dr. Ravi Samy has been an otolaryngologist at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute and the director of the Skull Base Surgery Fellowship at the UC College of Medicine since 2005. He is also the director of the Adult Cochlear Implantation Program at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UCMC), as well as an associate professor of Otolaryngology at the college. READ MORE>