What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a medical condition characterized by persistent ringing in one or both ears which can be heard by the affected individual. It has also been described as whistling, hissing, buzzing, or pulsing in the ear. These sounds may come and go, however most sufferers experience symptoms 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The effects range from slight annoyance to severe disruption of everyday life. It is estimated that over 50 million Americans suffer from Tinnitus.
There isn’t one single treatment for tinnitus that will help everyone, due to the personal and unique nature of each tinnitus condition. Proper evaluation and specialized treatment is often necessary. Our audiologist and otolaryngologists are experienced at providing individual solutions on a case-by-case basis.
In many cases, the distressing combination of tinnitus and hearing loss can be relieved with hearing aids. While worn, a hearing aid can restore ambient sounds to eliminate or reduce the effects of tinnitus. Another electronic device called a Tinnitus Masker may also be worn to distract from the ringing sensation. Maskers can fit in the ear much like hearing aids or be set on a table top or nightstand and produce low-level sounds to eliminate or reduce the tinnitus.
If you are experiencing symptoms of tinnitus, please don't hesitate to contact us.