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TINNITUS MANAGEMENT

Do you hear a ringing, chirping, whistles, or a combination of sounds in your ears in one or both ears, especially when you’re in a quiet room?

If so, you may have tinnitus (tin-NY-tus). Tinnitus is the persistent ringing, chirping, or whistling sound in the ears. People with tinnitus hear sounds that others around them don’t. Tinnitus can be mildly annoying or loud enough to affect your ability to function.

Don’t live with this constant nuisance. There are many tinnitus treatments available that can help quiet the noise in your ears. Get relief! Our professionals can assess your situation and recommend the best options for you.

What Causes Tinnitus?

Roughly 25 million Americans have experienced tinnitus, a symptom associated with many forms of hearing problems. (It can also be a symptom of other health problems.)

Tinnitus is typically caused by:

  • Hearing Loss: Most people who have 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 become worse.
  • Medication: More than 200 medicines, including aspirin, can cause tinnitus. If you have tinnitus and you 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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Ringing in the ears can be caused by hearing loss or other medical issues.

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Why wait?...call today if you experience ringing in your ears.

Why wait?...call today if you experience ringing in your ears.

What Can I Do about 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, such as allergies, tumors or heart or circulatory problems can also bring it on.

If you’re experiencing tinnitus, call us to schedule a visit with one of our hearing aid specialists. We’ll do a complete hearing screening and review your medical history. We’ll pinpoint the most likely cause of your tinnitus and discuss treatment options with you.
Talk to us and put an end to the ringing in your ears.

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 is Tinnitus treated?

Carefully reviewing your health history and audiometric testing results will help us identify the right treatment option for your tinnitus. They may include:

  • Removing earwax: Many of our patients are surprised to learn how common it is for earwax (cerumen) build-up against the eardrum to be the cause of their tinnitus. We can safely remove earwax and restore your normal hearing.
  • Referring you to a medical doctor: If we determine that an underlying medical issue is likely causing your tinnitus, we will refer you to a physician to complete the diagnosis and treatment for the condition.
  • 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. For most patients with tinnitus, hearing aids can provide partial or complete relief.
  • Alternative treatments: There’s no evidence to support the effectiveness of some alternative treatments such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or herbal remedies such as ginkgo biloba. 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 small electronic devices are worn in the ear. The low-level white noise they produce can mask the tinnitus. They can be programmed to mask the specific frequencies of the tinnitus you experience. They usually provide some level of relief.

Tinnitus management works — talk to us and put an end to the ringing in your ears.

Why wait?...call today if you experience ringing in your ears.

Why wait?...call today if you experience ringing in your ears.

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