Learn about the causes of tinnitus & treatment options
What Is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the perception of sound where there are no other external sounds present. The persistent nature of tinnitus, often described as ringing, hissing, whistling, buzzing, or pulsing, has baffled physicians for centuries with records of “humming in the ears” in ancient Egypt, and as a subject of discussion during the eras of philosophers Hippocrates and Aristotle. The sounds, usually heard only by the sufferer, may come and go, change, or be constant. The effects range from minor annoyance to debilitating. The American Tinnitus Association estimates 65 million Americans suffer from tinnitus.
What Causes Tinnitus?
Tinnitus can be a sign of an underlying health condition, such as a tumor, a head or neck injury, impacted cerumen, a side effect of medication(s), or over-exposure to noise. Over 90% of people with tinnitus also have measurable hearing loss.
Tinnitus Treatment Options
Because of the personal and distinct nature of each person’s tinnitus, Drs. O’Connor and Rosinko at Professional Hearing Services provide comprehensive assessment and make individual solutions for each unique patient. In many cases, the use of sound therapy to reduce or mask the tinnitus, as well as amplification, often yield some relief from the condition. Tinnitus management strategies involve education, counseling, and cognitive behavioral therapy, all of which are designed to reduce the patient’s focus on the tinnitus.