Do you hear a ringing, roaring, clicking, or hissing sound? Do you hear this sound often and does it bother you? If your answer is YES you may have Tinnitus.
Tinnitus is a symptom associated with many forms of hearing loss and it can also be a symptom of other health problems. Some cases are so severe that it interferes with a person’s daily activities and in severe cases it be difficult to hear, work, or even sleep.
What causes Tinnitus?
Hearing Loss: Most people who have tinnitus also have some kind of hearing loss.
Loud Noise: Exposure to loud noise can cause permanent hearing loss and tinnitus. Continued exposure can make the tinnitus and hearing loss get worse.
Medicine: More than 200 medicines, including aspirin, can cause tinnitus. If you have tinnitus and you take medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether your medicine could be involved.
Other potential causes: Allergies, tumors, problems in the heart and blood vessels, jaws, and neck can cause tinnitus.
What should I do if I have Tinnitus?
Your first step is to see a Clinical Audiologist for an evaluation, including medical history and audiometric testing. You may also be referred to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist (ENT) for an examination to complete the evaluation.
What treatments are there for Tinnitus?
Hearing Aids: Most people with tinnitus have some degree of hearing loss. Hearing aids create a dual benefit of enhancing hearing and masking or covering up the tinnitus. The majority of patients receive partial or complete relief from their tinnitus with the use of hearing aids.
Maskers: Tinnitus maskers are small electronic devices that look like hearing aids and are tuned to generate sound that masks or covers up the tinnitus. Like hearing aids, they may provide relief, but will not enhance hearing and may interfere with understanding speech. Many types of devices, such as fans, radios and sound generators can be used as tinnitus maskers to help tinnitus sufferers to fall sleep or get back to sleep.
Medicine or Drug Therapy: Some tinnitus sufferers develop anxiety and other strong emotional responses to their tinnitus. Certain medicines may provide relief from these emotional reactions and provide some relief from the tinnitus. Other medicines and nutritional supplements have provided relief in some patients.
Neuromonics Tinnitus Therapy: This treatment uses a combination of testing, counselling and specialized masking to help you to effectively manage and gradually reduce your response to the tinnitus. This treatment can take six months or more to complete but has the highest rate of success.
Counselling: People with tinnitus may experience anxiety, depression and other psychiatric problems. You may be referred to a psychiatrist our counselor as needed.
Relaxing: Learning how to relax is very helpful if the noise in your ears frustrates you. Stress makes tinnitus seem worse. By relaxing, you have a chance to rest and better deal with the sound.
What can I do to help myself?
Think about things that will help you cope. Many people find listening to music very helpful. Focusing on music might help you forget about your tinnitus for a while. It can also help to mask the sound. Avoid anything that can make your tinnitus worse, such as smoking, alcohol and loud noise. If you are a construction worker, an airport worker, or a hunter, or if you are regularly exposed to loud noise at home or at work, wear ear plugs to protect your hearing and keep your tinnitus from getting worse.
What is the next step?
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Dr George Panayiotou, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA