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. Thigpen Hearing Center, PLLC audiologists are experienced at providing individual solutions on a case-by-case basis. After completing a hearing test, the doctors will review your results and discuss implications for possible tinnitus causes and treatments. They may refer you for further medical work up and treatment if necessary.
In many cases, the distressing combination of tinnitus and hearing loss can be relieved with hearing aids or sound generators. Specific engineered devices are now available, and they can restore ambient sounds and reduce 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.
The Tinnitus Toolbox is our specialized approach at Thigpen Hearing Center. It is based on best practices that address methodologies for treating the negative impact of tinnitus. These approaches are systematic processes that have been recommended for tinnitus treatment.
The recommended toolbox of tinnitus treatment strategies is individual for each patient and based on their specific type and degree of tinnitus. The effectiveness of the treatment process is sometimes almost immediate and other times will involve implementation over a period of few months.
The outcome of treatment is usually very rewarding with lessened tinnitus in most patients.