TINNITUS

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that over 50 million Americans experience tinnitus. Typically, tinnitus is described as ringing in the ears, but other common reports include; buzzing, clicking, whooshing, or roaring. Tinnitus presents itself differently in each patient. Although there is no “one size fits all” solution for tinnitus, audiologists provide treatment to help manage tinnitus.

Most commonly, tinnitus is caused by noise-induced hearing loss. Other possible causes include:

  • Age-related hearing loss

  • Cerumen (wax) in the ear canal

  • Sudden exposure to loud sounds

  • Medications that are harmful to the ear

  • Acoustic Neuroma/Schwannoma

  • Head injury

  • TMJ

  • Stress
     

If you are experiencing tinnitus it is recommended to seek a tinnitus evaluation with an audiologist. The audiologist will complete a thorough examination of the ear and determine appropriate treatment options. Often times the treating the hearing loss with hearing aids results in reduction of tinnitus.  Today's nearly invisible technology has several tinnitus masking options. Bluetooth features are helpful in treating tinnitus.