Tinnitus is the perception of a ringing, buzzing or hissing sound when no actual sound is present. Most of us have experienced this at least briefly, but when these noises are constant or chronic, it becomes difficult to ignore and can negatively impact your life. If you suffer from tinnitus you are not alone. In fact, the American Tinnitus Association reports that nearly 45 million Americans experience it. Untreated, it can lead to frustration, anger, stress, isolation, anxiety or depression.
Causes of Tinnitus/Ringing in Ear
Causes of tinnitus may include loud noise exposure, head trauma or certain medications such as aspirin.
Treatment for Tinnitus/Ringing in Ears
One of the first steps is to have a complete diagnostic hearing assessment. An MRI can rule out any structural problems that could cause tinnitus. Tinnitus is often present with high frequency hearing loss, and hearing aids can be the best course of treatment. Amplification may also be an option for those suffering from tinnitus due to the brain turning up the neural activity because of lack of sound stimulation caused by hearing loss.
Additionally, we now have hearing instruments from several manufacturers with integrated tinnitus treatments which have proven extremely helpful. These products use various sound therapy and/or sound generating features to help minimize the impact of the tinnitus.
Please call for a tinnitus consultation to discuss how you can find relief.