Tinnitus Treatment Options
Have you ever experienced a constant buzzing, ringing, whooshing or whistling in your ears?
If so, you likely suffer from tinnitus. Tinnitus is Latin for ‘ringing,’ and it describes the noise people with the balance disorder often hear.
The audiologists at Sonik Hearing Care Services are experts in recognizing and treating tinnitus.
Causes of tinnitus
Tinnitus can be caused by many issues. In fact, tinnitus is actually considered a symptom of a larger health issue. Common issues associated with tinnitus include:
- Stress and depression
- Hearing loss
- Exposure to loud noises
- Ototoxic medications
- Earwax buildup or blockages
- Abnormal bone growth
- Meniere’s Disease
- Head or neck injuries
- Benign tumors
Diagnosing tinnitus often requires a complete medical examination. It is important for our audiologists to understand a patient’s medical history, current medication use and other factors, such as family health history and current lifestyle, to help narrow down the cause of the tinnitus.
Unfortunately, because there are so many causes of the issue, there isn’t one prescribed or set-in-stone cure for tinnitus. Sometimes, tinnitus will resolve on its own, especially if it is caused by a certain medication or by hearing loss. For every other case, those suffering from tinnitus usually experience the most relief by utilizing hearing aids and tinnitus retraining therapy. Hearing aids have features with tinnitus masking capabilities that help to block out the noise individuals experience when suffering from the condition. Therapy, including sound therapy or retraining therapy, will help individuals make use of the ringing noises and help the brain refocus and diminish the emotional impact of tinnitus.
The first step to getting relief from tinnitus is by seeing an audiologist for an evaluation. The audiologist will perform a number of different tests to determine if what you’re suffering from is tinnitus and then will likely make the best treatment recommendations based on your symptoms. Tinnitus can be seriously debilitating to your quality of life, so if you are displaying symptoms of this condition seek the help of an audiologist in your area.