Tinnitus is the perception of on-going, repetitive ringing or buzzing in the ear. Some sounds reported by tinnitus sufferers include whistling, chirping, buzzing, pulsing, clicking, but most commonly ringing in the ears. One or both ears may be affected. The noise may be internal, heard only by its victim; or it may be external, heard by others as well. Some people live with it, aware of its presence but undeterred by it. For some however, the sounds become so bothersome that they are debilitating, preventing participation in normal daily activities.
Tinnitus is frequently accompanied by an untreated hearing loss. The sufferer may be unaware of the hearing loss because the “ringing in the ears” is so prominent. While there is no confirmed cause or cure for tinnitus, there is proven relief. In more than 80% of cases there is an underlying untreated hearing loss. Addressing the loss often diminishes the severity of the ringing sounds. In more severe cases, the introduction of sound masking technologies are helpful. Many of today’s best hearing aids have tinnitus masking features built in.
Our tinnitus treatment plans involve a combination of hearing aids and sound masking technology. The end result is improved hearing, decreased audio irritants and improved quality of life. How well you hears matters…call us to schedule a consultation, 877-358-6130.