Another sleepless night. Distracting noises. Ear pain that won’t go away. The symptoms of tinnitus come in many shapes and forms. Let us help you manage the condition.
Tinnitus (pronounced ti-ni-tis), or “ringing in the ears,” is the perception of a sound in one or both ears, without there being an external cause for that sound. Typically tinnitus symptoms are experienced as a ringing, buzzing, clicking, hissing, or roaring. The sounds heard with tinnitus can be intermittent or constant, and loud or soft. While the experience of tinnitus can vary widely, the effect upon sufferers is often similar: difficult and tiresome. These sounds may come and go, but for most, the symptoms produce a constant, maddening drone.
Tinnitus can be difficult to understand because its cause can be as elusive as its cure. Tinnitus is not a disease, but instead a symptom that something is wrong in the ear, the auditory nerve, and/or the parts of the brain that process sound. Something as simple as a piece of earwax blocking the ear canal can cause tinnitus. There are several other possible causes of tinnitus, however many are actually unknown.
The most common causes of Tinnitus are:
- Untreated medical conditions
- Natural aging
- Sudden impact noises
- Exposure to loud sounds over time
- Head and neck injuries
- Medication side effects (called ototoxicity)
Tinnitus symptoms can range from slightly bothersome to completely life-altering, and since tinnitus is most often noticed in quiet environments, it can create sleeping problems that lead to long-term fatigue.
At Cornerstone Hearing Center, we understand that living with tinnitus can be a frustrating ordeal, and we aim to create a plan of treatment that helps you to regain control over your day to day life. Our patients have found success utilizing an incredibly wide range of solutions, including meditation and stress reduction techniques, changes to their diet, using hearing aids, or using devices like white noise machines to help mask their symptoms.
Our goal is to work with you to learn about how your tinnitus affects your daily life and to offer solutions that meet your needs. While we cannot promise that your tinnitus will be cured, what we can do is educate you about the ways in which your symptoms can be reduced and managed. Take the first step toward regaining control of your hearing and contact us today.