The bell rings and the kids run outside for recess. A group of kids gather to play tag. They pick who will be it and everyone scatters.
Timmy runs as fast as he can but the person who is it catches him and yells “I got you!” loudly right in Timmy’s ear. Timmy covers his ear and sits down with a ringing in his ear.
The end of school bell rings, the kids grab their backpacks and run to the buses. Once on the bus, Timmy realizes his ears are still ringing. The bus stops at Timmy’s house. He walks off the bus and runs up the steps. He goes inside and says hello to his mom.
His mom makes him a snack and asks Timmy how his day was but she notices that he keeps asking what. Timmy tells his mom what happened at recess and that his ears are still ringing. Timmy and his mom get in the car and go to the doctor's office.
Timmy tells the doctor what happened at recess. “Well Timmy, it seems like you have tinnitus. Tinnitus is when hairs inside the cochlea are damaged, and your ears keep ringing. The ringing in your ears may worsen as you get older or it will completely go away. It's hard to tell because we don't know how bad the damage is” the doctor said.
“Tinnitus is mechanically correlated in the cochlea, which is internal.” The doctor shows Timmy and his mom a chart. “The treatments for tinnitus can be as simple as ear wax removal but in your case, the only treatment for you will be to limit loud noise exposure and get lots of rest, drink lots of water and eat healthily.”