Do you experience ringing, buzzing, or hissing in your ears? If you answered yes, you are likely experiencing tinnitus. For some people this sound can be fleeting and non-bothersome. But for others this noise can be overwhelming and extremely distressing. The impact of chronic tinnitus can lead to emotional upset, reduced concentration, disruption in sleep patterns and/or a lack of enjoyment in social activities.
At Hearing and Tinnitus Center, we recognize the catastrophic effects that tinnitus can have on your life. While there is no cure for tinnitus, there are effective approaches to manage this condition. The primary goal for any approach is to minimize the emotional impact of tinnitus by decreasing distress, calming the emotional brain, improving sleeping habits, and enhancing overall quality of life. Our Doctors of Audiology are skillfully trained in the latest tinnitus relief therapies that can be personalized for your tinnitus needs.
What is Tinnitus?
We all have tinnitus. Yes, you read that right. Each one of us has tinnitus except for many of us it goes unnoticed. By definition, subjective tinnitus is the perception of sound in the ears or head in the absence of external sound. It is typically a symptom of another underlying cause which may include hearing loss, wax buildup, noise exposure, pathology of the inner ear, brain injury and/or concussions, autoimmune disease, cardiovascular issues, and neurological disorders.
How is Tinnitus Evaluated?
Our Doctors of Audiology will start by asking a comprehensive list of questions related to your experience with tinnitus, the circumstances surrounding its onset, and previous medical history. Certain medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes are strongly correlated with tinnitus therefore gaining insight into your overall health is important. We will ask you to fill out standardized questionnaires to better assess the impact on your social, emotional, and physical health. After a comprehensive hearing evaluation, our Doctors of Audiology will perform a subjective measurement of your tinnitus pitch and loudness along with minimum masking levels to determine the amount of sound needed to quiet your tinnitus. We will also test for hypersensitivity to sound, also called hyperacusis, which may coincide with tinnitus.
What Treatments Are Available?
Once all pertinent information related to your tinnitus has been collected, our Doctors of Audiology will propose different management options specific to your case. These solutions may include Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), hearing aid technology, sound therapy, meditation, lifestyle changes, and/or relaxation techniques. Hearing protection options may also be recommended to protect your ears as noise exposure has been a known cause of tinnitus. Our Doctors of Audiology collaborate with other specialty providers including ENTs, psychologists, psychiatrists, biofeedback therapists, and holistic practitioners to enrich the treatment process for our patients. Remember, you don’t have to live with tinnitus!
If you or someone you know is struggling with Tinnitus, contact our Doctors of Audiology today.
We can be reached at 516-364-0011