For many people, the process of addressing tinnitus (the perception of sound such as ringing, buzzing, hissing, crickets-like sounds, etc. when there is no external sound source present) can be confusing and our goal with the information below is to clear up some myths and misconceptions, as well as give people some guidance on how to seek help.
"There is no treatment for tinnitus"
While there is no cure for tinnitus, there are many treatments and tools available that can help manage symptoms and improve quality of life significantly. During a consultation, we can determine what tools and treatments you are comfortable with and will provide the best results.
“Tinnitus only affects older adults”
Tinnitus can affect people of all ages, including children. Anecdotally, in our practice, most patients with tinnitus are between the ages of 30 and 60.
“Tinnitus always leads to hearing loss”
While tinnitus is strongly correlated and connected with hearing loss, not all people with tinnitus have hearing loss, and not all people with hearing loss experience tinnitus.
“Tinnitus is a sign of a serious medical condition”
While tinnitus can be a symptom of an underlying medical condition, it is not always a sign of a serious condition and an audiologist and/or physician can help you sort out that possibility.
“Tinnitus will go away on its own”
While tinnitus can sometimes go away on its own, it is more likely to be a persistent condition that requires treatment.
If tinnitus is affecting your quality of life, the first step to do is make an appointment for a tinnitus evaluation. We have a long history of helping people manage their tinnitus and they are some of our most rewarding success stories.
Recently, a patient by the name of “Patricia” successfully completed a 12-session course of one-on-one auditory training with one of our audiologists, Dr. Alexandra Taylor and we believe her case is a wonderful example of the benefits of auditory training.
Often, patients will ask us what caused their tinnitus, and while the exact cause of tinnitus is not always known, but some common causes include: