Did you know?
Tinnitus is a perception of noise or ringing in the ears. It is estimated that 35-50 million Americans struggle with tinnitus and for approximately 2 million people, it can be severe or even debilitating. Tinnitus is not a disease in and of itself, but rather a symptom of some other underlying health condition. In many cases, tinnitus is a sensorineural reaction in the brain to damage in the ear and auditory system. Most people with tinnitus also have hearing loss. In addition to improving communication, hearing aids can also help tinnitus.
Common causes of tinnitus include
- Long term noise exposure or a single loud event
- Pressure caused by blockage in the middle ear
- Stress and anxiety
- Head and neck trauma or dental issues
- Ototoxic effects from prescription drugs
Other factors for developing tinnitus may include
- Gender (More common in the male population)
- Blood vessel disorder
Our audiologists work closely with our physicians in order to properly evaluate, diagnose and treat your tinnitus needs.
- Audiological Evaluation: As part of your initial consultation, you will have a complete hearing test performed by one of our audiologists. Your results will be reviewed with you along with any audiological recommendations.
- Consultation Appointment with Physician: Immediately following your audiological evaluation, you will have a follow-up appointment with one of the ear, nose, and throat physicians.
- Imaging Tests: Depending on the suspected cause of your tinnitus, your physician may recommend further testing such as CT or MRI scans.