You are not alone
Are you or someone you know experiencing ringing in the ears? Have you been told that you need to learn to live with it? If so, you are not alone. The American Tinnitus Association estimates that more than 50 million Americans experience tinnitus. Of these, 12 million have tinnitus that is severe enough to seek medical attention. Furthermore, approximately 2 million persons have tinnitus that is so debilitating they cannot function in their daily lives.
What is tinnitus
Defined as the perception of sound when no external sound is present, tinnitus is often referred to as “ringing in the ears,” although some people hear hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping, or clicking sounds. It can be intermittent or constant, with single or changing frequencies. Because there are so many causes of tinnitus, it is important to be thoroughly evaluated to determine what exactly is causing the ringing. Many times people are told that tinnitus is normal with aging or that they just have to live with it, both of which are false statements.
Causes of tinnitus
Causes of tinnitus can range from noise exposure or other damage to the auditory system, ear wax buildup, a benign tumor, certain drugs, Meniere’s disease (affects the inner ear), otosclerosis (stiffening of middle ear bones), high blood pressure, heart disease, anemia, allergies, underactive thyroid, and diabetes. Alcohol, smoking, caffeine, salt, and certain foods can worsen the effects of tinnitus. Stress and fatigue are also known to worsen perception of tinnitus.
We can help
As AudigyCertified™ providers, we understand that tinnitus is a complex problem and that the experience is different for each patient. We take the time to listen and gather valuable information, use comprehensive diagnostic testing to evaluate, and then by combining the latest technologies, therapies, and methods, we develop an individualized treatment and/or management plan. In addition, we continue to actively pursue and use new therapies and management strategies to help our patients experience relief from their tinnitus.
Make the resolution to stop ringing in the New Year. If you or your loved one has been told to learn to live with tinnitus, please contact your AudigyCertified provider to see one of our doctors of audiology for the latest in testing, treatment, and/or management of your tinnitus in 2015.