If you are experiencing ringing in your ears, you are experiencing tinnitus which is the perception of sound in one or both ears when no external sound is present. Tinnitus may sound like buzzing, ringing, chirping, roaring and hissing. This is a condition that affects millions of people and, for some, limits their ability to function normally daily. Causes of tinnitus can include exposure to noise, excessive earwax in the ear canal, ear infections, and medications. Often, tinnitus is a symptom of hearing loss.
Our audiologists can help you find solutions for your tinnitus. We will work with you to assess how tinnitus affects your daily function and make any medical referrals necessary to determine any underlying causes of the tinnitus. Treatments for tinnitus can vary and may include a change in medication, lifestyle, or sound retraining therapy.
Choosing a hearing aid can be beneficial in multiple ways as it enhances hearing and masks the tinnitus. Studies show that over 60% hearing aid users have found partial or full relief from their problem when wearing hearing aids.
You’ll find that many hearing instruments now come with some type of sound therapy for those suffering from tinnitus. Different noises or chime-like sounds can be utilized to offer you relief. Education, counseling, and stress reduction are often paired with the therapy. This approach is proving to be very successful.