Tinnitus is an audiological and neurological condition affecting nearly 50 million Americans. At The Hearing Group, we diagnose and treat tinnitus, and while there is no cure, we can help lessen the impact of the symptoms. We offer everything from hearing evaluations to assistive listening devices so you can achieve your best hearing.
Tinnitus: What Is It?
Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the ear(s) or head when no external sound exists. It can take the form of a ring, buzz, hiss, crickets, roaring, music, or various other background noises, and range from minor to life altering. The sound can be present all the time or come and go. This condition is widespread but mostly affects people 60 years old or older.
Common Causes of Tinnitus
Tinnitus is commonly caused by inner ear cell damage. Some common precursors include exposure to ototoxic medications, noise exposure, earwax, hearing loss, ear infections, and head and neck injuries. Other less common causes include certain tumors, cardiovascular disease, and even jaw misalignment. In rare situations, tinnitus is evidence of a more serious medical condition.
Our Tinnitus Treatment
At The Hearing Group, we treat the individual rather than blanketing all patients under one treatment. While there is no known cure for tinnitus, several techniques can lessen the impact of the condition. To find the best treatment, we begin with an in-depth hearing evaluation to determine the extent of any hearing loss.
If there is hearing loss, we prescribe a hearing aid to amplify the environment’s ambient sounds, subsequently reducing the background noise associated with tinnitus. If there is no hearing loss, a tabletop or ear level sound generating device can reduce the symptoms. No matter the severity of your diagnosis, we will offer educational resources to help you understand tinnitus.