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How do you treat tinnitus?

At Apex Audiology we have deep compassion for people with tinnitus and thus strive to be a trusted and helpful resource for tinnitus patients. In that regard, we offer several tinnitus treatment options to help patients experience a better quality of life, no matter the degree or severity of their tinnitus.  

During your tinnitus consultation, your hearing specialist will go over the various treatment options available and will help you decide which one would best meet your needs and lifestyle. Many of the treatment options available are FDA-approved. To learn more, check out our page on Tinnitus Treatment.


What are the symptoms of tinnitus?

People who suffer from tinnitus have varying symptoms, but often describe the sounds they perceive in one of three ways:  

  • Tonal - a continuous sound with well-defined frequencies 
  • Pulsatile - a pulsing sound, like that of a heartbeat 
  • Musical - a music or singing sound on a continuous loop  

Tinnitus symptoms can have a grave effect on one’s daily life, and as a result may cause secondary symptoms of depression, anxiety, mood swings, irritability, and pain. For some people, tinnitus also affects sleep and concentration, or their ability to work and socialize.   


What causes tinnitus?

Noise-induced hearing loss, the result of damage to the sensory hair cells of the inner ear, is one of the most common causes of tinnitus.

Other causes are usually the result of a number of health conditions, including:

  • Age-Related Hearing Loss (Presbycusis)
  • Ear and Sinus Infections
  • Earwax Blockage
  • Head and Neck Injuries
  • Diseases of the Heart or Blood Vessels
  • Ménière’s Disease
  • Medications
  • Brain Tumors
  • Hormonal Changes in Women
  • Thyroid Abnormalities

 

At Apex Audiology, your hearing specialist will help you explore potential causes that are triggering your symptoms of tinnitus.


What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no external sound is actually present. It is a symptom (not a disease) indicating that something is wrong in the auditory system, which includes the ear, the auditory nerve that connects the inner ear to the brain, and the parts of the brain that process sound. Because the function of the auditory nerve is to carry sound, when it is irritated from any cause, it produces head noise. This phenomenon is similar to the sensation nerves elsewhere. If one pinches the skin, it hurts because the stimulated nerves carry pain sensation.

Tinnitus is often described as a ringing in the ears, but it can also sound like a roaring, clicking, hissing or buzzing. It can affect one or both ears.