TINNITUS

Do you hear hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping, or clicking? If you suspect you suffer from hissing or other noises, treat it as a warning signal that you might be developing a hearing loss and Make an appointment to see your audiologist for a hearing test.

WHAT IS TINNITUS?

It is the term for the perception of sound when no external sound is present. It is a physical condition experienced as noises in the ears or head, usually perceived as a ringing sound (and the condition is often referred to as ‘ringing in the ears’), although some people hear hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping, or clicking. It can be intermittent or constant, with single or multiple tones. Its perceived volume can range from very soft to extremely loud.

IS THERE A CURE?

There is no definitive cure for tinnitus, however people affected can learn how to manage their tinnitus to the point where it is no longer a problem for them and they can go back to leading full and productive lives.

 

 

 

 

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES?

  • Noise-induced hearing loss.
  • Age-related hearing loss.
  • Ear diseases and disorders.
  • Extreme stress or trauma.
  • Some medications.
  • Degeneration of the hair cells in the cochlear.
  • Ear problems, such as otosclerosis (fixation of the tiny stapes bone in the middle ear).
  • Meniere’s disease (swelling of a duct in the ear).

THE MORE COMMON CAUSES INCLUDE

  • Head trauma.
  • Large doses of certain drugs such as aspirin (always check with your doctor whether the medication they are prescribing has a   side effect of causing or exacerbating the condition).
  • Compacted ear wax.
  • Middle ear infections.
  • Jaw misalignment (specifically, dysfunction of the joint connecting the jaw to the bone under the ear).
  • Perilymph fistula (a hole in the inner ear, allowing fluid to escape).
  • Certain types of tumours.
  • Cardiovascular disease.
  • Thyroid disorders.

OUR METHODS OF TINNITUS MANAGEMENT

ADVICE & RECOMMENDATIONS

Our audiologists will complete a hearing test and assessment that may rule out or confirm why the tinnitus is present, including hearing loss, wax buildup or an ear infection. From there, we will discuss tinnitus management options on how to best manage your symptoms and find what works for you. We will suggest further intervention as necessary.

 

 

 

HEARING AIDS

About half of people with tinnitus who use hearing aids notice some degree of relief from their tinnitus. Some hearing aids also have built-in tinnitus maskers or sound generators for added benefit and tinnitus management. If the tinnitus is a symptom of hearing loss, treating it with hearing aids will usually alleviate the symptom. Using hearing aids that are fit appropriately can also significantly improve your quality of life, reducing stress and frustration, two huge contributing factors to the intensity of tinnitus.

SOUND MASKING DEVICES

Sound masking devices are small electronic devices that play various noises to help distract your brain from the sound of your tinnitus. Most modern hearing aids have a built-in masker, while there are also tabletop masking devices and apps available. We can individually program your sound masking device or hearing aids or recommend apps to help treat your tinnitus.