What is Tinnitus?

Commonly known as “ringing in the ears,” tinnitus is the perception of sounds. Tinnitus is not a disease, but rather a symptom that something is wrong with the auditory system or another underlying condition such as hearing loss, ear injury, or a circulatory system disorder. At Audiocare Hearing Services, we are here to help you understand the cause of your tinnitus and how to treat it so you can get back to hearing your best. If you experience an annoying buzzing, clicking, humming, or ringing sound in your ears then you may be a good candidate for hearing aids that mask tinnitus. With today’s advanced technology, hearing aids are able to alleviate your tinnitus by creating a soothing sound when you are in quite environments.

What Causes Tinnitus?

Tinnitus occurs in most people but it goes unnoticed and untreated because it is usually only noticeable in quieter environments. If you have hearing loss your tinnitus might be more noticeable because you live in a quieter world. Tinnitus could be caused by earwax blocking the ear canal or other conditions such as:

  • Noise-induced hearing loss
  • Ear or sinus infections
  • Heart disease
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Brain tumors
  • Thyroid abnormalities
  • Drugs or medications that are toxic to hearing
  • Smoking

If you have any of these health related issues then you may have tinnitus. If you don’t have any history of these health related problems then you should visit us so we can determine the root of your tinnitus. Schedule an appointment today so we can make a plan to alleviate your symptoms and get you hearing your best again.

Treatment Options

Unfortunately, there is no cure for tinnitus. But there are some steps you can take in order to alleviate your symptoms and make your tinnitus more bearable. Hearing aids are the best treatment option for tinnitus. With today’s technology, hearing aids can now feature a tinnitus managing program that will use soothing sounds to mask the annoying ringing in your ears. Along with hearing aids use, other sound-generating machines may help to mask the noise from your ears such as fish tanks, low-volume music, and indoor waterfalls.

Talk to us about how you can manage your tinnitus and get back on track to enjoying your life. We will work with you to find a treatment option that will let you hear your best again.

FAQs About Tinnitus

Tinnitus can be overwhelming, causing you annoyance and discomfort. We want to help you better understand your hearing health, so here are some commonly asked questions regarding tinnitus.

Q. What should I do if I have tinnitus?

A. The first step to taking care of your tinnitus is to get your hearing tested. If you suspect that you have tinnitus then you should make an appointment. We can perform a full hearing evaluation that will allow us to see how severe your tinnitus is, what caused the tinnitus, and if there are any underlying health concerns attached to it.

Q. Does tinnitus worsen with age?

A. Although it is uncommon for your tinnitus to worsen with age, it depends entirely on your listening environment and what types of noises you are exposed to on the regular. If you work or live in an environment where there are loud noises around you constantly, then your tinnitus could worsen over time. The severity of tinnitus can change from day-to-day. Even though tinnitus does not usually get worse, it is still important to get your ears checked to ensure there are no underlying health problems.

Q. Is my tinnitus permanent?

A. Some people do suffer from permanent tinnitus. If this is the case then you most likely have an auditory malfunction, which is hearing loss from loud-noise exposure. The best way to determine if your tinnitus is permanent is to make an appointment so we can test your hearing and determine how severe your tinnitus and/or hearing loss is.

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