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.
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.
The symptoms of tinnitus come in many shapes and forms. Typically, tinnitus symptoms are experienced as:
The sounds heard with tinnitus can be intermittent or constant, and loud or soft. Tinnitus can affect your life every day; maybe you experience sleepless nights or distracting noises. Sometimes, it is ear pain that won’t go away. 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.
The most common causes of Tinnitus are:
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.
At Harbor Hearing , 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.