Stop the ringing in your ears and the headaches will go away, too!
Do you hear a ringing, roaring, clicking, or hissing sound in your ears? Do you hear this sound often or all the time? Does the sound bother you a lot? If you answer yes to these questions, you may have tinnitus (tinNYtus) and you should see an Audiologist. Tinnitus therapy is designed to quiet the noise in your ears.
What Causes Tinnitus?
Roughly 25 million Americans have experienced tinnitus, a symptom associated with many forms of hearing problems. (It can also be a symptom of other health problems.) Tinnitus is typically caused by:
- Hearing loss: Most people who have tinnitus also have some kind of hearing loss.
- Loud noise: Exposure to loud noise can cause permanent hearing loss and tinnitus. Continued exposure can make the tinnitus and hearing loss become worse.
- Medication: More than 200 medicines, including aspirin, can cause tinnitus. If you have tinnitus and you take medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether your medicine could be the cause.
- Other potential causes: Allergies, tumors, problems in the heart and blood vessels, jaws, and neck.
Kinds of Tinnitus Treatments
A careful review of your health history, along with audiometric testing, will reveal the most likely causes and best treatment for your tinnitus. These can include:
- Hearing aids: Hearing aids create a dual benefit of enhancing hearing and masking or covering up the tinnitus. The majority of patients with tinnitus receive partial or complete relief from their tinnitus with the use of hearing aids.
- Maskers: Tinnitus maskers are small electronic devices that look like hearing aids and are tuned to generate sound that masks or covers up the tinnitus.
- Drug Therapy: Certain medicines may provide some relief from the tinnitus. Nutritional supplements may also provide additional relief.
Your Next Move
First and most importantly, schedule an appointment to have your tinnitus evaluated. There may be other medical issues behind the tinnitus and it is important to rule out anything else that may affect your overall health.
Tinnitus therapy works, and we urge you to let a professional Audiologist put an end to the ringing in your ears.
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