Have you ever heard a ringing or buzzing sound but could not figure out where it came from? There’s a chance that the noise actually originated inside of your brain! Millions of Americans are diagnosed with a condition called tinnitus, which is the perception of sound in one or both ears without there actually being an external sound. The symptoms of tinnitus are varied, and the sounds people hear can range in pitch, volume, and frequency, yet almost all people with the condition will note that it’s frustrating to live with.
Although researchers have made significant progress in determining effective treatment methods for tinnitus, no one has developed an exact cause or cure for the condition. What is known is that tinnitus actually indicates that another problem is present in the auditory nerve or the parts of the brain that process the sounds we hear. While some cases of tinnitus can be resolved by simple earwax removal, other causes can be attributed to:
- Untreated medical conditions
- Natural aging
- Sudden impact noises
- Exposure to loud sounds over time
- Head and neck injuries
- Medication side effects (called ototoxicity)
Tinnitus can be a minor annoyance or a daily source of stress depending on how severe one’s symptoms are. At The Hearing Care Professionals, we are experienced in assessing your tinnitus symptoms and working with you to develop a treatment plan that works for you. Some patients find that stress relief techniques, including meditation, can be effective, while others turn to the use of white noise machines to help offset the sounds they hear. Tinnitus is often associated with hearing loss, so a large number of our patients utilize hearing aids to address more than one concern at a time.
No matter how tinnitus affects you, we’ll work to create a solution that meets your needs. Contact our office today to find out how a variety of treatments can help to reduce your tinnitus symptoms. Don’t let tinnitus take away your enjoyment of daily life – relief is possible!