About Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a very common condition - in fact, in affects over 45 million people in the U.S. alone.

It manifests as continuous or intermittent sounds in the ears. Some people who have experienced Tinnitus describe is as a buzzing, clicking, hissing, or whistling sound. These sounds, which are not actually occurring but are perceived to be heard, can be low or high pitched and in only one or both ears.

Some of the causes of Tinnitus include aging, gradual hearing loss, exposure to loud noises, use of in-ear headphones, excessive ear wax, infection, as well as smoking and drinking alcohol. Injury to the ear through head trauma can also be a factor. One important thing to remember is that Tinnitus is merely a sign of a different pre-existing hearing condition. Therefore, visiting a hearing health care professional to determine the root cause of the condition is key to treating Tinnitus.

For some, these symptoms increase in the evening or immediately before falling asleep, as there are fewer sounds happening around to mask or cover up the ringing.

However, Tinnitus can also come and go throughout the day, and this unpredictability can be frustrating. These unwanted sounds in the ear can make concentrating on simple everyday tasks a challenge.

Side effects of Tinnitus range from difficulty focusing to insomnia as a result of the sounds.  Tinnitus has also been associated with anxiety, depression, and general irritability.

There are several methods used to measure the presence and burden of tinnitus which help to determine treatment options.

No complete cure for Tinnitus exists, but there are many steps you can take to ease the effects of the condition.

Once we’ve evaluated your hearing and health and discovered any possible root causes of your Tinnitus, we’ll explore treatment options, which typically include noise suppression techniques and possibly medications. There are also lifestyle, home remedies, and alternative medicine options we can explore together to improve your quality of life.

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