Tinnitus is the experience of hearing persistent sounds in one or both ears, when no external sound is present. These sounds can vary widely in volume and intensity, and are often described as a “ringing, buzzing, whooshing, hissing, or whirring sound.” An estimated 50 million Americans currently deal with some degree of tinnitus.
Tinnitus is caused by a number of factors, some known and some unknown. The most common cause is exposure to a sudden loud sound or having damage to the ear drum. Other causes include certain medications that list tinnitus as a possible side effect, injuries to the head and neck, and natural aging. Living with tinnitus can be difficult and draining. Because the persistent sounds are more noticeable in quiet spaces, many people with tinnitus report it disturbing their sleep and energy levels.
Unfortunately, there is no definitive cure for tinnitus, but there are ways to help manage it. Sometimes, a simple cleaning of the ear canal can significantly help. For more stubborn tinnitus, we focus on using hearing aid management. This involves selecting a hearing aid and programming it to minimize the range of sound that the patient’s tinnitus is experienced at. Referred to as sound therapy or musical tone therapy, many people find that after some time the sounds that have been annoying them for so long have gradually faded into the background.
Contact us today to learn if this approach could serve you.