Do you hear a ringing, roaring, clicking or hissing sound in your ears?
Do you hear this often or all the time?
Does the sound bother you a lot?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have tinnitus (tin-NY-tus). Tinnitus causes a persistent ringing, rushing or buzzing in the ears. It won’t cause deafness, but it may affect your daily activities.
Tinnitus management can quiet the noise in your ears and may be right for you. Our professionals can recommend the best treatment for you. Our goal is to work with you to manage this condition.
What Causes Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is common. Roughly 50 million Americans experience tinnitus, a symptom associated with many forms of hearing or other health problems. Tinnitus is typically caused by:
- Hearing Loss: Most people with tinnitus also have some kind of hearing loss.
- Loud Noise: Exposure to loud noise can cause permanent hearing loss and tinnitus. Continued exposure can make the tinnitus and hearing loss worse.
- Medication: More than 450 medicines, including aspirin, can cause tinnitus. If you have tinnitus and take medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether your medicine could be the cause.
- Other potential causes: Allergies, tumors, and problems in the heart and blood vessels, jaw and neck can cause tinnitus.
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What Should I Do If I Have Tinnitus?
The first step is to call or text us and schedule a visit with one of our audiologists. A careful history and audiometric testing will determine the most likely causes and best treatment for your tinnitus.
There may be other medical issues behind the tinnitus. It’s important to rule out anything else that may affect your overall health. You may be referred to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor to complete the diagnosis.
How To Avoid Making Your Tinnitus Worse
Avoid anything that can increase the ringing in your ears, such as smoking, alcohol and loud noise. If you’re a construction worker, an airport worker, a hunter or if you’re regularly exposed to loud noise at home or at work, wear ear plugs or special earmuffs to protect your hearing.
If it’s hard for you to hear over your tinnitus, face your friends and family when they talk. Seeing their expressions may help you understand them better. Ask people to speak louder but not shout. Also, tell them they don’t have to talk slowly, just more clearly.
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Which Type Of Tinnitus Management To Use
A careful review of your health history along with audiometric testing will identify which of the following is the right treatment option:
- Hearing Aids: Hearing aids can enhance hearing and lessen the impact of tinnitus. For many patients with tinnitus, they can provide partial or complete relief.
- Sound Therapy: These devices are tuned to generate relaxing sounds that lessen the impact of tinnitus sounds.
- TRT – Tinnitus Retraining Therapy: Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) is a method aimed at habituating the body reactions induced by tinnitus, and habituating the perception of the tinnitus signal itself. The goal is to train the brain to block the tinnitus signal, like the brain blocks sounds like fans or refrigerators. TRT is an intensive one-on-one training counseling and sound therapy that follows a specific habituation protocol. TRT is a highly effective (>80% success) method for treating tinnitus and hyperacusis.