Tinnitus is a ringing or buzzing in the ears. It has been described by patients as many different things; examples are ringing, buzzing, crackling, crickets, humming, sizzling. Most tinnitus is subjective, meaning only the person with the tinnitus can hear the sound. Objective tinnitus, is rare, but occurs when the sound is audible to others.
50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus According to the American Tinnitus Association. Of those, approximately 2 million suffer from extreme or severe tinnitus that disrupts their daily life. In some cases, tinnitus can cause anxiety, and stress. These two factors, along with excess caffeine, and nicotine, can make tinnitus worse. Therefore, without help, many patients can get caught in a continuous cycle and unknowingly exacerbate the tinnitus duet to the anxiety and stress.
Many patients are told there is nothing that can be done for tinnitus. This is because; specifically there is no medication or surgery that is proven to cure tinnitus. This does not mean that there are no solutions or treatment plans that can help alleviate perception of tinnitus.
Tinnitus consults can often help the patient understand their tinnitus. A full assessment is necessary to rule out medical causes for tinnitus. Oftentimes patients can be put on a sound therapy management plan to assist with their perception of tinnitus. Every case is different, and based on test results, as well as individualized patient centered care, many patients can find relief from this sometimes debilitating condition.
A trained audiologist in tinnitus therapy and solutions can make a difference in the life of a tinnitus sufferer. Sound therapy treatment options can be individualized to each patient. Please call our office to schedule an appointment with one of our expert audiologists.