The most common type of tinnitus is subjective which means that it is only noticeable to the person who is affected. Currently, there is no cure for tinnitus. However, there are options to manage the tinnitus so patients can live more comfortable, productive lives. Working with an audiologist can lead to successful management of tinnitus.Learn more
Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no actual outside noise is present. It is commonly referred to as “ringing in the ears” but can manifest itself in several ways including buzzing, hissing, whistling, swooshing, and clicking. In some rare cases, patients report hearing music. Tinnitus can be both a temporary condition and an ongoing health issue .
The most common type of tinnitus is subjective which means that it is only noticeable to the person who is affected. Currently, there is no cure for tinnitus. However, there are options to manage the tinnitus so patients can live more comfortable, productive lives. Working with an audiologist can lead to successful management of tinnitus.
Hearing aids and devices that deliver sound therapy are just some of the tools an audiologist may use to manage tinnitus.
Many patients develop tinnitus as a symptom of hearing loss, caused either by age, long-term hearing damage, or acute trauma to the auditory system. Patients with hearing loss and tinnitus may find relief from the use of hearing aids which can be effective for several reasons:
"Sound therapy” is a term that may be used in many ways, depending on the clinical setting or individual clinician. In general, sound therapy means the use of external noise to alter a patient’s perception of or reaction to tinnitus. Sound therapy does not cure tinnitus but may significantly lower the perceived burden and intensity of it. Sound therapies function in four different ways and different products may emphasize one or more of the following approaches:
The perceived intensity of tinnitus can fluctuate depending on many factors including overall well-being. General wellness does not have a direct impact on the causes of tinnitus, but it can provide strong peripheral benefits that make living with tinnitus feel much easier. General wellness includes a healthy diet, physical activity, social and recreational activity, and stress reduction .
Learning about tinnitus can be a relief. Contact our practice at 773-777-3277 to see how you can take control of your tinnitus.
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