Did you know that more than 50 million people in the United States have tinnitus? Tinnitus is characterized by a whooshing, whistling, buzzing or other noise heard by an individual and is usually a symptom of some larger, underlying disorder. In other words, tinnitus symptoms indicate to your audiologist that something else may be happening in the auditory system.
Do I have tinnitus?
When patients presenting with tinnitus symptoms visit Hearing Solutions for help, they often acknowledge something isn’t right. In fact, it’s not uncommon to know you have tinnitus because it is characterized by sounds that are only heard by the individual with the tinnitus. The sound is often noted as a buzzing, whooshing, whistling, ringing or, in rare cases, music.
What causes tinnitus?
Determining what caused your particular case of tinnitus can be difficult, as many conditions can create tinnitus symptoms. Such conditions include:
- Hearing loss
- TMJ or other jaw disorders
- Blood pressure issues
- Earwax buildup
- Head colds
- Meniere’s disease
- Heart issues
- Brain tumors
- Ototoxic medications
Because there are so many conditions that create tinnitus as a symptom, it can be difficult, though not impossible, to find a treatment or cure. The audiologist at Hearing Solutions is trained to help patients manage their tinnitus. It starts with an accurate diagnosis and from there, our audiologist can offer one of many treatment options including:
- Change in medication: If you are taking an ototoxic medication, chances are good that a simple medication change, if applicable, can help reduce tinnitus symptoms.
- Earwax removal: Another temporary cause of tinnitus is having an earwax impaction. Our audiologist will examine your ear and if an impaction is found, removal will be recommended to see if your tinnitus symptoms resolve.
- Hearing aids: Tinnitus is most often associated with hearing loss. Our audiologist works closely with patients to help them find the right hearing aids for their type and degree of hearing loss, budget and lifestyle.
- White noise or sound masking: When hearing aids can’t help the tinnitus symptoms, we recommend sound masking using white to help reduce the severity of the tinnitus. Many hearing aids are equipped with tinnitus maskers at no extra cost.
- Cognitive behavior therapy: For more severe tinnitus cases, sometimes patients undergo cognitive behavior therapy to learn how to better cope and live with tinnitus.
Tinnitus can drastically impact your quality of life, from causing social withdrawal to anxiety. Speak with one of our caring professionals to learn more about how we can get you the relief you deserve!