More than 50 million Americans suffer from Tinnitus (noises in your head that no one else can hear). These noises may occur as random or nonstop sounds in one or both ears. Individuals may describe Tinnitus as ringing, buzzing, or clicking sounds. The pitch of these sounds can range from a low roar to a high squeal or whine.
Types of Tinnitus
Causes of Tinnitus
Tinnitus comes from the auditory area in your brain, not your ears. It’s the result of damage to the cells in the ear which normally provide signals to the brain but have stopped because of cell damage. The result is that the brain cells, now without direction from the ear cells, become hyperactive and make their own noise. There are many causes of damage to ear cells that can lead to Tinnitus. If you are older, advancing age is generally accompanied by a certain amount of ear cell death and Tinnitus. In younger people, exposure to loud noise is a common cause of Tinnitus. High-decibel recreational events, like car races, music concerts, or sports games are common causes, so it is recommended that hearing protection be worn during these events.
Tinnitus may also be caused by various sources of inflammation or infection, autoimmune disease, restricted blood flow from high or low blood pressure (blood circulation problems), a tumor, diabetes, thyroid problems, injury to the head or neck, and a variety of other causes including medications such as anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, sedatives, antidepressants, and aspirin.
Providing Tinnitus Relief since 2017
We began our Tinnitus evaluation and treatment protocols in 2017 with the advent of new sound therapies that revolutionized treatment options. These sound therapies offer improvements in Tinnitus never before available. And when combined with habituation/disturbance/anxiety therapies we are now able to eliminate or substantially reduce the harmful effects of tinnitus.
Before any treatment, it’s important to undergo a thorough examination and evaluation by a hearing specialist or otolaryngologist. An essential part of the treatment will be your understanding of Tinnitus and its causes.
We begin your Tinnitus evaluation with a sophisticated hearing exam that goes beyond the traditional hearing test, along with a physical assessment that focuses on the source of the sound and its detrimental effects on your hearing function and mood. With our advanced technology, we can examine hearing frequencies that are typically missed and are often the source of the Tinnitus. We then isolate the most noticeable Tinnitus frequency in each ear and devise a treatment plan to reduce or eliminate the sound and its bothersome effects.
Success rates are as high as 85%, depending on the length of time an individual has had the Tinnitus and its underlying causes. In general, the earlier we begin the assessment during a patient’s illness, the more treatment options are available, and the better the success rate. Even chronic Tinnitus that has been present for years has shown dramatic improvements with modern therapies.
Cutting Edge Tinnitus Treatments
Our patients have shown great improvements using these multi-faceted Tinnitus treatments:
Other treatment options may include:
There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding Tinnitus causes and treatments. Our hearing specialists focus on understanding your experience, to develop a personalized treatment plan. We prioritize patient education to help give you the control you need to address Tinnitus in a way that works best for you. As Tinnitus research grows, we continue to innovate, constantly working with researchers and manufacturers to bring promising new therapies to our patients. If you or someone you know is experiencing Tinnitus symptoms, contact us for an assessment today.