Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the absence of a stimulus creating the sound. Tinnitus is a common phenomenon, and is most-often described as a high pitched ringing. Usually, the sound is merely an annoyance, but it can also be a symptom of hearing loss. Audiologists work with ENT doctors to determine the underlying cause of the tinnitus, and treat the tinnitus.
Common causes of tinnitus include:
Noise-induced Hearing Loss
Impacted ear wax
Side effects of medications
Middle ear or nerve tumors
Lifestyle factors (diet, caffeine intake, sodium intake)
However, the cause of tinnitus can not always be determined.
Therefore, it is important to be seen by our Audiologist
for tinnitus symptoms in order to identify factors such
as hearing loss, which may be impacting your tinnitus.
There are numerous management strategies
for patients with bothersome tinnitus.
Management strategies include:
and tinnitus sound maskers.
Your Audiologist can determine what treatment plan is best for you.