How to Manage Your Tinnitus
Hear a ringing, chirping, whistles, or a combination of sounds in one or both ears, especially when you’re in a quiet room?
If so, it may be tinnitus (tin-NY-tus). People who suffer from tinnitus hear persistent ringing, chirping, or whistling sounds and hear sounds that others around them don’t. Tinnitus can be mild, or it can be loud enough to interfere with your ability to function.
Don’t live with this perpetual nuisance. There are many ways we can successfully manage tinnitus. Get relief! Our highly-trained hearing professionals will evaluate your condition and recommend the ways to best manage your tinnitus.
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What Causes Tinnitus?
Many people with hearing loss also have tinnitus. It’s extremely common in those over age 55. Sudden, loud noises, medication or other medical conditions can trigger it. For example, circulatory problems, allergies, heart issues and tumors can cause tinnitus.
If you believe you are experiencing tinnitus, call to make an appointment with us. Our hearing aid specialists will review your overall health with you and conduct a thorough hearing screening. We’ll pinpoint what is causing the tinnitus and recommend how to best manage your tinnitus.
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How Do You Manage Tinnitus?
Carefully reviewing your medical history and audiometric testing results will help determine the best way to manage your tinnitus. Strategies may include:
Removing earwax: Many of our patients are surprised to learn how common it is for earwax (cerumen) build-up to be the cause of their tinnitus. We carefully remove earwax to restore your hearing.
Referring you to a medical doctor: If we determine that an underlying medical issue is likely causing your tinnitus, our hearing specialist will give you a referral to a physician who can help.
Hearing aids: In addition to enhancing hearing, hearing aids with a tinnitus masker feature allows you to choose a sound to drown out the sound of tinnitus. Hearing aids often provide relief for tinnitus.
Alternative treatments: There’s no evidence that homeopathy, acupuncture or herbal remedies like ginkgo biloba are effective. But mindfulness meditation may help reduce stress and help you learn to refocus your attention away from irritating tinnitus sounds.
Maskers: Similar to hearing aids, these devices are worn in the ear and produce a low-level white noise to mask the tinnitus. They can be adjusted to the specific frequencies causing your tinnitus. They usually provide some level of relief.