What is Tinnitus?
Do you hear a ringing, roaring, clicking, or hissing sound in your ears? Do you hear this sound often or all the time? Does the sound bother you a lot? If you answer yes to these questions, you may have tinnitus (tin-NY-
Roughly 25 million Americans have experienced tinnitus. Some cases are so severe that it interferes with their daily activities. People with severe cases of tinnitus may find it difficult to hear, work, or even sleep.
What Causes Tinnitus?
Loud Sounds – One extremely loud sound and/or exposure to loud sounds over time can both cause tinnitus.
Medications – More than 200 medications can cause tinnitus.
Allergies – Allergic reactions can cause both temporary or permanent tinnitus.
Other Causes – Tumors, circulatory problems, and jaw or neck problems can all cause tinnitus.
The Tinnitus Evaluation
A tinnitus evaluation is a continuation of the hearing evaluation. We will further evaluate your tinnitus by testing frequencies beyond the normal hearing test. We will match the pitch and loudness of your tinnitus in order to give us information about our ability to mask, change or interact with your tinnitus as treatment. This information will help us to decide which treatment options are best suited for you. Additionally, we will evaluate loudness tolerance in a controlled environment. Often, individuals with hearing loss and tinnitus also suffer from sound sensitivity.
Options for Tinnitus Treatment
Elite Hearing always starts every tinnitus management program by helping patients understand what is known about tinnitus, potential causes, its relationship to hearing, various treatment options and the brain’s ability to pay attention or ignore information. Together, we will determine the best option for you.
Levo Sound Therapy
Desyncra Sound Therapy
Widex Zen Therapy
What Can I do to Help Myself?
Think about things that will help you cope. Many people find listening to music very helpful. Focusing on music might help you forget about your tinnitus for a while. It can also help to mask the sound. Other people like to listen to recorded nature sounds, like ocean waves, the wind, or even crickets. Essentially, avoid complete silence to help cope with the effect of tinnitus.
Avoid anything that can make your tinnitus worse, such as smoking, alcohol and loud noise. If you are regularly exposed to loud noise at home or at work, wear earplugs or special earmuffs to protect your hearing and keep your tinnitus from getting worse.