MANAGING AND TREATING TINNITUS
Hear a ringing, chirping, whistles, or a combination of sounds in one or both ears, especially when you’re in a quiet room?
If so, it may be tinnitus (tin-NY-tus). People who suffer from tinnitus hear persistent ringing, chirping, or whistling sounds and hear sounds that others around them don’t. Tinnitus can be mild, or it can be loud enough to interfere with your ability to function.
Don’t live with this perpetual nuisance. There are many tinnitus treatments available that can help. Tinnitus management can still the noise in your ears. Get relief! Our highly-trained hearing professionals will evaluate your condition and recommend the best tinnitus treatment for you.
What Causes Tinnitus?
Many people with hearing loss also have tinnitus. It’s extremely common in those over age 55. Sudden, loud noises, medication or other medical conditions can trigger it. For example, circulatory problems, allergies, heart issues and tumors can cause tinnitus.
If you believe you are experiencing tinnitus, call to make an appointment with us. Our hearing aid specialists will review your overall health with you and conduct a thorough hearing screening. We’ll pinpoint what is causing the tinnitus and recommend treatment.
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What Should I do if I Have Tinnitus?
The first step is to call us and schedule a visit with one of our audiologists for an evaluation. 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, and it is 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.
Avoid Making Your Tinnitus Worse
Avoid anything that can increase the ringing in your ears, such as smoking, alcohol and loud noise. If you are a construction worker, an airport worker, a hunter, or if you are regularly exposed to loud noise at home or at work, wear ear plugs or special earmuffs to protect your hearing and keep your tinnitus from getting worse.
If it is hard for you to hear over your tinnitus, ask your friends and family to face you when they talk so you can see their faces. Seeing their expressions may help you understand them better. Ask people to speak louder but not shout. Also, tell them they do not have to talk slowly, just more clearly.
How Do You Treat Tinnitus?
Carefully reviewing your medical history and audiometric testing results will help determine which treatment is the best to manage your tinnitus. They may include:
- Removing earwax: Many of our patients are surprised to learn how common it is for earwax (cerumen) build-up to be the cause of their tinnitus. We carefully remove earwax to restore your hearing.
- Referring you to a medical doctor: If we determine that an underlying medical issue is likely causing your tinnitus, our hearing specialist will give you a referral to a physician who can help.
- Hearing aids: In addition to enhancing hearing, hearing aids with a tinnitus masker feature allows you to choose a sound to drown out the sound of tinnitus. Hearing aids often provide relief for tinnitus.
- Alternative treatments: There’s no evidence that homeopathy, acupuncture or herbal remedies like ginkgo biloba are effective. But mindfulness meditation may help reduce stress and help you learn to refocus your attention away from irritating tinnitus sounds.
- Maskers: Similar to hearing aids, these devices are worn in the ear and produce a low-level white noise to mask the tinnitus. They can be adjusted to the specific frequencies causing your tinnitus. They usually provide some level of relief.
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