What is tinnitus?

Do you know what tinnitus is?

Tinnitus, often called a “ringing in the ears,” can actually be perceived as buzzing, hissing, whistling, swooshing, and clicking. A person with tinnitus hears persistent sounds in the ear when no actual noise is present.

Here are some simple questions we like to ask our Sound Hearing Now patients to help them determine if they need to be tested for tinnitus:

  1. Do you hear sounds like a hissing, whistling or ringing in your ear?
  2. Do you have trouble concentrating because of noise in your ears?
  3. Do you have difficulty listening to the t.v. or others in crowds?
  4. Do you feel anxious or frustrated due to the ringing in your ears?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we can help!

The meaning behind the word “Tinnitus”

Tinnitus comes from a Latin word that means “to ring or tinkle.”  It is a very common condition, affecting 10-15% of the general public, or over 50 million Americans.  Tinnitus can be acute (temporary) or chronic.

Is there a cure for Tinnitus?

We get asked if there is a cure for tinnitus all the time. The honest answer is that there is no cure for most types of tinnitus, but there are treatment options including hearing aids and other wearable and non-wearable masking devices that can help significantly to improve our patient’s quality of life. These and other treatment options help patients live better, more fulfilling, and more productive lives.

There are a number of factors to choosing the appropriate tinnitus treatment option and we would be happy to help you consider them all. Click here to schedule an appointment today.

If you want to read more about tinnitus related hearing issues, click here to read this article in it’s entirety.

Laura Berry