Tinnitus

Tinnitus (“TIN-a-tus” or “Tin-EYE-tus”)

What is that ringing in your ears?  The American Tinnitus Association defines tinnitus as the perception of sound where no external source is present.  The sound can occur in your ears or head.  Tinnitus is not homogeneous, meaning it is different from person to person.  It can be described as different sounds including ringing, chirping, buzzing, hissing, roaring, pulsating noises.  Whether your tinnitus is intermittent or constant it could be a symptom of an underlying condition, therefore you should make an appointment with one of our audiologist.

Causes of Tinnitus

The cause of tinnitus is sometimes hard to determine, that is, the exact physiological place tinnitus is occurring cannot be found.  In fact tinnitus is a symptom not a disease so the source of it varies.  Some known causes of tinnitus include:

  • Noise exposure
  • Head or neck injuries
  • Tumors
  • Medication side affects
  • TMJ disorders
  • Natural aging process

Treatment for Tinnitus

There is no cure for tinnitus at this time.  To find the best treatment for your tinnitus our audiologists will first need to determine if there is an underlying condition.  If a referral is needed our staff is trained to help you with that process.

There are a variety of treatments for tinnitus and our qualified audiologist will be happy to outline them once an audiological assessment is complete.  A few common treatments include:

  • Amplification: For individuals with hearing loss hearing aids may provide partial or constant relief from tinnitus.
  • Sound Therapy: Using background noise to decrease or mask the tinnitus perception using wearable or non-wearable devices.
  • Counseling: One on one counseling or support groups may help to reduce the emotional reaction to tinnitus and can help you learn coping strategies.
  • Lifestyle/home adjustments: Reducing possible triggers like caffeine or alcohol and managing your stress are a few adjustments to help with your tinnitus.

Many of the top hearing aid manufacturers have adapted tinnitus sound treatment in their hearing aids.  Starkey’s new product, Xino Tinnitus, uses new technology that can mask or cover up your tinnitus.  Ask our audiologists how hearing aids can help treat your tinnitus.

 

For more information about tinnitus you can visit:

American Tinnitus Association: http://www.ata.org/

Tinnitus Practitioners Association: http://www.tinnituspractitioners.com/

Starkey: http://www.starkey.com/

 

If you or someone you know are experiencing tinnitus please call Good Sound Audiology (480-497-0780) and make an appointment.