What Is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a medical condition characterized by persistent head noise heard in one or both ears or localized in the head. Tinnitus is described as roaring, hissing, ringing, crickets or pulsing in the ear. These sounds may come and go, but for some tinnitus sufferers, the symptoms create emotional disturbances such as irritation, anxiety, depression, difficulty with sleep and decreased ability to participate in daily activities. Tinnitus is a symptom, not a disease and is estimated to occur in 36-50 million Americans, depending upon specific research reports.
Because of the personal and unique nature of each tinnitus condition, proper evaluation and specialized treatment is necessary. Although there isn’t a single cure for tinnitus, Thigpen Hearing Center, PLLC audiologists are experienced at providing individual solutions on a case-by-case basis. After completing a hearing test, your professional will review your results and discuss implications for possible tinnitus causes. They may refer you to an otolaryngologist for further examination if medical treatment is necessary.
In many cases, the distressing combination of tinnitus and hearing loss can be relieved with hearing aids or sound generators. Specially engineered devices are now available, and they can restore ambient sounds and help fill Sound Voids™ to eliminate the effects of tinnitus.
Our audiologists will also evaluate other treatment options with you based on your specific history and unique nature of tinnitus. It is an involved process that sometimes will provide immediate relief, but it may take several months to reduce the effects of tinnitus.