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You Don’t Have To Put Up With Ringing In Your Ears

Those who endure a continuous ringing, buzzing, or hissing sound in their ears are already aware of the irritation and debilitating effects produced by tinnitus.

Researchers estimate that 75% of people experience some form of tinnitus in their lifetime. Most tinnitus cases are a temporary condition relating to a noisy stadium, a loud concert, a night in the club, discharging firearms, or an explosive event.

For those with ongoing or chronic tinnitus, the ringing, buzzing, or hissing is with them 24/7, making it difficult to concentrate, relax, or drift off to sleep. Though tinnitus does not cause you to lose your hearing, it is often an early indicator of mild to severe hearing loss.

A young man suffering from tinnitus sound

What Is Tinnitus?

Most individuals barely notice the irritating ringing sounds early on, but as it intensifies, so does awareness, which typically increases stress levels, contributes to a loss of sleep, and leads to decreased productivity. The condition worsens as sensitivity to the sound increases, increasing the level of stress, which adds to the intensity of the condition, leading to a snowball effect that can become a debilitating condition.

What Causes Tinnitus?

The Central Gain Theory is among the most accepted explanations behind why individuals experience tinnitus. Proponents of this theory assert that tinnitus is an indicator of hearing loss and the sounds heard are attributed to the brain adapting and creating sounds that are no longer received through a damaged auditory system.

The neurological response known as “phantom limb” experienced by amputees is used as an example, but with tinnitus, the brain is creating sounds to replace tones missing in its normal repertoire. Despite the wide acceptance of this theory, the specific cause of tinnitus is not always known, which makes it challenging to identify a cure for the condition.

How Is Tinnitus Treated?

Although there is no definitive cure for tinnitus in many cases, there are plenty of proven ways to manage it. Depending on your specific case, your hearing care provider will assess the severity of your tinnitus, review your symptoms, and identify possible causes. Then, they will see how it impedes your daily life and recommend one or more of the following solutions.

Addressing Possible Causes

Tinnitus can be related to earwax build-up, certain medications, or an infection, so resolving those issues with the removal of earwax or a referral to a physician to make changes to your medications or prescribe antibiotics can limit or eliminate the symptoms. Behavioral therapy may provide relief in cases where stress, anxiety, anger, or other mental health conditions trigger tinnitus.

Hearing Aids

Hearing devices are helpful when it comes to bringing relief to tinnitus. Even when hearing loss is not identified, hearing aids can be equipped with tinnitus-masking features to help cover the tinnitus sound while serving to help with hearing loss if it is present.

White Noise Machines/Masking Devices

A white noise machine or masking device can help you find relief if your tinnitus is mild or only affects you when you try to relax or sleep. White noise machines produce a steady sound to help mask the tinnitus noises you hear.

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT)

TRT is a type of therapy designed to meet the specific needs of individuals with tinnitus. By providing you with coping skills to retrain your mind to block out the sounds you hear, you can reduce the effect your tinnitus symptoms have on your daily life and lifestyle.

Schedule an Appointment to Assess Your Tinnitus

If you or a loved one is experiencing the irritating or debilitating effects of tinnitus, you can rest assured knowing that there are proven techniques and technologies available to help find relief. Our hearing care experts can help identify the type and level of intensity of your tinnitus and provide the solutions to overcome your tinnitus symptoms.

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