Tinnitus Overview

Tinnitus Overview

Do you hear a sound in your ears that is similar to buzzing, hissing, whistling, swooshing, or clicking?

If so, you may be part of the nearly 50 million Americans who experience some form of tinnitus. It may be difficult for people with particularly severe cases to comprehend speech, concentrate or even sleep. 

There is currently no scientifically proven cure for most types of tinnitus. There are, however, treatment options that can reduce the perceived burden of tinnitus, allowing patients to live more comfortable, productive lives.

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What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is an audiological, neurological condition relating to the perception of sound when no actual external noise is present.

The internal sound that is heard may be persistent or intermittent. The tinnitus may appear to be in one or both ears, in the middle of the head, or its location may be difficult to determine.

While we don't know the exact cause of tinnitus or why some individuals develop tinnitus while others don't, we know it's not a disease. It is generally agreed that tinnitus is the result of either mental or physical alteration of some kind. It usually appears alongside hearing loss, but not always.

In general, tinnitus may not only result from a change in the ear, but also from a change in the stress level, such as after periods of severe stress, changes in lifestyle or general health.

What Should I Do If I Think I Have Tinnitus?

The first step is a hearing test and tinnitus assessment.  One of our providers can perform a hearing test and review your unique experience with tinnitus as well as offer customized recommendations for possible treatment options.

Although there is no proven cure for tinnitus, hearing aids are shown to reduce the perceived noise from tinnitus in 60-70% of individuals.  We also can make recommendations and referrals for additional treatment options if needed.