Tinnitus


Tinnitus, often referred to as “ringing in the ears” affects nearly 50 million Americans. It is defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary as a sensation of noise that is typically caused by bodily condition and usually is of the subjective form which can only be heard by the one affected. In other words an individual perceives sound, but there is no external sound actually present.

The sound can be classified by the individual as the following sensations:
  • Ringing
  • Buzzing
  • Crickets
  • Cicadas
  • Roaring, and/or
  • Clicking
Tinnitus is a symptom, not a condition. It can be a symptom of the following:
  • Hearing Loss
  • Obstruction of the ear canal
  • Head and Neck Trauma
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
  • Sinus Pressure
  • Barometric trauma examples include scuba diving, snorkeling, airplane pressure changes
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Ototoxic Drugs, and medical conditions (examples include Meniere’s disease, High Blood Pressure, and so on)

There is a common misconception that there is no relief from tinnitus. However, tinnitus suffers may be able to experience relief with one of the many sound therapy treatments that are available to patients. It is important to speak to an audiologist about your unique situation to figure out the best way to treat tinnitus. Call today to see how we can help.