Do you hear noise or ringing in your ears?
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus (TIN-ih-tus) is the perception of noise or ringing in the ears. It’s actually a very common problem that affects about 1 in 5 people. Tinnitus isn't a disease itself — it's a symptom of an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, ear injury or a circulatory system disorder.
The good news is that while tinnitus can seriously impact your quality of life, it usually isn’t a sign of something serious. So while tinnitus symptoms commonly increase with age, for many of our tinnitus clients treatment does help!
Hearing loss can cause Tinnitus
Up to 90 % of tinnitus is caused by the deprivation of auditory input, aka hearing loss. You see, it’s not your ears that hear, but your brain and when hearing loss is present, the brain is depleted of important signals. Therefore, the brain replaces the hearing loss internally by filling in the void of frequencies, aka the ringing.
The most common symptoms of tinnitus involve the annoying sensation of hearing sound when no external sound is actually present. The tinnitus symptoms that seem to bother are clients the most are:
Treating Hearing Loss & Tinnitus
When hearing loss is present, the new hearing from hearing instruments reconnect the auditory nervous system of the brain and has a long-term beneficial effect on tinnitus. With hearing aid amplification, external sounds can provide sufficient activation of the auditory nervous system and reduce the tinnitus perception. It’s found that approximately 60% of patients find that just simply wearing hearing aids and reconnecting the brain with proper amplification is enough to reduce their tinnitus. Approximately 40% find adding fractal tones helps lessen their tinnitus more so. Studies have found that 75% of patients who used fractal tones found a decrease in their reaction and tinnitus itself after 2 months. *
For example, the Zen tinnitus program in Widex hearing instruments are designed with the tinnitus patient in mind. To obtain good results you must use these devices daily and will be adapted to the needs of patient. Wearing the hearing aid must become second nature to you, even though it is just one element of the therapy.
When should you see a tinnitus care provider?
It’s really simple. If you have tinnitus symptoms that bother you, it’s time to see a tinnitus specialist that can help you. There’s no need to live with annoying tinnitus symptoms when there are simple treatments that will help you get back to enjoying hearing right away!
*Please note: If you develop tinnitus after an upper respiration infection, like a cold, and your symptoms continue to persist beyond a week, please call us. Also, if you suddenly have tinnitus without any apparent cause or you experience hearing loss or dizziness with tinnitus symptoms, please call us right away!