Understanding Tinnitus: Probable Causes, Possible Treatments

December 1st, 2014 by Tami Ike, Au.D.


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Tinnitus is fairly common

While most of us have experienced a temporary ringing in the ears following a loud musical performance, Independence Day fireworks, or even illness, the condition usually goes away after a few hours or, at the most, a few days. However, for about 2 million Americans, this condition, known as tinnitus, persists on a daily or even hourly basis, affecting pleasurable activities, quality of sleep, work, and social interaction. It may even signal a medical problem of the ear and should always be evaluated.

There are multiple causes

Sufferers of tinnitus often hear a ringing, buzzing, hissing, clicking, roaring, or beeping, although there is no external or environmental sound creating it. Tinnitus is a condition that can be attributed to a range of causes including ear infections, foreign objects, wax in the ear, or injury from loud noises. It might also be a side effect of some medications or the result of hearing loss due to aging.

Let us help

At AudigyCertified™ practices, we understand that tinnitus is a complex problem and that the experience is different for each person. We take the time to listen; gather valuable information; use comprehensive diagnostic testing to evaluate; and then combine the latest technologies, therapies, and methods to develop an individualized treatment and/or management plan.

Relief is possible

By actively pursuing and using new therapies and management strategies, AudigyCertified practices help patients experience relief from their tinnitus. If you or your loved one have been told to learn to live with tinnitus, don’t suffer in silence. Your quality of life is too important to ignore. Contact your local AudigyCertified practice today for the latest in testing, treatment, and/or management of your tinnitus.

Tami Ike, Au.D.

About Tami Ike, Au.D.

Dr. Ike established The Hearing Clinic in 1989 after working with the previous owner of Piedmont Hearing Aid Center for three years. She is an alumnus of the University of Florida and Radford University. In 1990 she expanded The Hearing Clinic to Asheboro. That office is now prominently located at 328 North Fayetteville Street, across from Randolph Hospital. As the practice continued to grow, the High Point office relocated to a larger facility at 801 Lindsay Street, and an additional 1,200 square feet was added in 1996 to provide more room for a larger sound booth, a break room, storage room, and additional offices for audiology and administrative functions