What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a medical condition characterized by persistent ringing in one or both ears that can only be heard by the affected individual. It has also been described as whistling, hissing, buzzing, or pulsing in the ear. These sounds may come and go; however, most sufferers experience symptoms 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The effects range from slight annoyance to severe disruption of everyday life. The American Tinnitus Association estimates that more than 60 million Americans suffer from tinnitus.
What Causes Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is most often a symptom of an underlying health condition, like a head or neck injury, ear infections, impacted earwax, or even side effects from certain medications or exposure to excessive noise. Tinnitus is also a common side effect of hearing loss, with measurable hearing loss reported in over 80% of tinnitus sufferers.
Tinnitus Treatment Options
Due to the personal and unique nature of each tinnitus condition, proper evaluation and specialized treatment is necessary. Although there isn’t a single cure for tinnitus, our audiologists are experienced at providing individual solutions on a case-by-case basis. After completing a hearing test, your audiologist may refer you to an otolaryngologist for further examination.
New Tinnitus Technology
In many cases, the distressing combination of tinnitus and hearing loss can be relieved with tinnitus technology. This revolutionary combination of a noise-masking device with an amplified hearing system can restore ambient sounds to eliminate the effects of tinnitus. This is a relatively new therapy, though our patients so far are reporting excellent results.
If you would like more information on the Tinnitus Technology, please call our office or fill out the brief form below.
Other Treatment Options
Our professionals will also evaluate other treatment options with you, including the Serenade SoundCure therapy and Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT). Tinnitus Retraining Therapy combines low-level, steady background sounds played through a device with intensive counseling. TRT is an involved process that can take 12 to 24 months to reduce the effects of tinnitus.
Do you or someone you love suffer from tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears)? Contact one of our practice locations to speak with an audiologist or fill out the brief form below and we will respond shortly.