Are you kept awake at night because of a ringing in your ears? If so, you could be suffering from tinnitus. For over 30 million adults, tinnitus is a serious disorder. It is a condition where you hear noises in your head when there are no actual outside noises or sounds. The type of noises each person hears varies. Some people hear roaring, blowing, humming, or hissing, while others hear sizzling, ringing, or whistling.
Causes of Tinnitus
When tinnitus suddenly strikes, you want to know what triggered such frustrating symptoms. Many times, the cause of tinnitus is unknown. Still, there are a few common situations that can trigger this frustrating hearing condition:
- Noise exposure, such as noise in the workplace, an explosion, or constant loud sounds
- Head injury, such as from a car accident or fall
- A medication side effect
No matter what caused your tinnitus, one thing is certain, you need to be evaluated. Tinnitus can lead to or be a symptom of a more serious disorder. Having a hearing health evaluation is the first step toward determining what’s causing your condition.
For 12 million tinnitus sufferers, the symptoms are so severe that they significantly impact their daily lives. The way you think about your tinnitus can have a direct impact on how you feel. Talking to a professional who understands the dynamics of tinnitus is important.
At Premier Hearing Center, we know how frustrating, annoying, and serious tinnitus is for you, so call us today. We can help you.
Treatment for Tinnitus
Treatment options for tinnitus include:
- Counseling. This is an educational component that helps you understand and change the way you think about tinnitus.
- Hearing aids. These devices help people with tinnitus who also have hearing loss by controling the outside sound levels and making it easier to hear.
- Wearable sound generators. These are small electronic devices placed in the ear which will mask the tinnitus by using a soft pleasant sound.
- Tabletop sound generators. A generator is used to play pleasant sounds such as waves, waterfalls, rain, or the sounds of a summer night to help you relax or fall asleep.
- Acoustic neural stimulation. A new technique for people who experience very loud ringing sounds, it involves the use of a palm-sized device and headphones that play music that is embedded with a broadband acoustic signal. This treatment will stimulate change in the neural pathways and allows the brain to become desensitized to the sound.
- Cochlear implant. A cochlear implant helps to mask tinnitus and stimulates the fibers of the auditory nerve.
Antidepressants and antianxiety drugs may also be recommended to relax and help you sleep
Tinnitus Prevention Tips
Some of the preventive tips to reduce or lessen the severity of tinnitus are:
- Avoid exposure to loud noise
- Blood pressure should be regularly checked and controlled
- Reduce intake of salt as sodium impairs blood circulation
- Reduce intake of coffee, tea, cola, and tobacco
- Exercise regularly to improve your circulation
- Get enough rest and avoid exhaustion
- Avoid worrying about the noise
You don’t have to continue losing sleep or being bothered by noises. If you think you may have tinnitus, call us today at 888-280-7114 to make an appointment at one of our offices nearest you, or click the button on this page to sign up for a free hearing screening.