Tinnitus

Tinnitus

What is Tinnitus?

Commonly known as “ringing in the ears”, Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no actual external noise is present.  It can actually manifest in other perceptions than ringing, such as buzzing, hissing, whistling, swooshing, and clicking.

Tinnitus can be acute (temporary), or chronic (ongoing).

Tinnitus Facts

  • It is estimated that 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus

  • Only 10% seek medical attention

  • Most people who have tinnitus have some degree of hearing loss

  • Tinnitus is not a disease but a symptom usually related to the auditory system

  • Most people can learn to ignore their tinnitus

  • Although there is not yet a cure for tinnitus, there are treatment options to provide relief

Causes

Tinnitus is not a disease in and of itself, but rather a symptom of some other   underlying health condition. Some of these conditions include:

  • Hearing Loss

  • Obstructions in Middle Ear

  • Head and Neck Trauma

  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

  • Sinus Pressure and Barometric Trauma

  • Noise Exposure

  • Ototoxic Drugs

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Common Difficulties Associated with tinnitus

  • Sleep Problems

  • Irritability

  • Annoyance

  • Trouble Relaxing

  • Despair/Frustration

  • Concentration Difficulty

Treatment

Our goal is to help patients gain control of their tinnitus and learn how to manage it. No single approach works for everyone. Our audiologists will determine a treatment plan that may work best for you.

American Tinnitus Association