Tinnitus is the term used to describe the condition of having ringing, buzzing, or noise in the ear or originating from the head. The word tinnitus is Latin and literally means ringing.
Treating the Cause
Tinnitus can be caused by many things, and is usually a symptom of an underlying condition. The treatment for your particular tinnitus will depend on the condition that is causing it, the severity, any accompanying issues such as hearing loss, and the impact the tinnitus has on daily activities.
Common causes of tinnitus include:
- Stress and depression
- Hearing loss
- Exposure to loud noises
- Earwax buildup or blockages
- Abnormal bone growth in the ear
- Meniere’s disease
- Head or neck injuries
- Benign tumor of the cranial nerve
In order to find out the root cause of your tinnitus, your physician or hearing specialist will conduct a complete medical history, as well as a complete examination.
What Treatments are Available?
Depending on the cause of your tinnitus and other factors, several treatments are available, including medical options as well as alternative therapies.
A common treatment is acoustic therapy or sound therapy. Sound therapy makes use of sounds to help the brain re-focus and diminish the emotional impact of the tinnitus. The use of hearing aids can also help with tinnitus, as well as a relaxation techniques and a healthy diet.
About 75% of people with tinnitus are not bothered by it because their brains process it and file it as another everyday noise. TRT tries to teach your brain how to process the noise so that it doesn’t bother you anymore (or not as much).
Medications may be an option, especially if they are to treat an underlying condition and relieve its symptoms. However, no medications have been approved specifically for the treatment of tinnitus.
Your physician or hearing specialist will also be able to refer you to psychological treatment or support, as tinnitus can be life-changing and hard to deal with, especially when it is a chronic problem. A tinnitus support group may also be of help.
After treatment has taken place, further maintenance is important. This may include management of associated health problems or ongoing therapies to support health and manage tinnitus.
If suffering from tinnitus call us today to schedule a tinnitus consult. The tinnitus consult is a 90 min appt to get a deep understanding of your tinnitus and when it is most bothersome. An indepth case history will be taken and tests will be performed to determine your hearing level, tinnitus matching & masking effect. A great deal of time will be done going over results and recommendations. Though tinnitus is not “curable” , it is treatable. Some goals of tinnitus management include: feeling less stressed about tinnitus, having fewer reactions to tinnitus and being able to perform daily activities without interference from tinnitus. Most insurances will cover the hearing evaluation and tinnitus matching tests; however there is an out of pocket fee for the appt itself. Please contact our office for more information.