Tinnitus

What we know and what we can do to help
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Tinnitus

What we know and what we can do to help
Schedule a Consultation

Causes of Tinnitus

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Ear and Sinus Infections

Diseases of the Heart or Blood Vessels

Ménière’s Disease

Brain Tumors

Hormonal Changes in Women

Earwax

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is commonly described as a ringing in the ears, but it also can sound like roaring, clicking, hissing, or buzzing. It may be soft or loud, high pitched or low pitched. You might hear it in either one or both ears. Roughly 10 percent of the adult population of the United States has experienced tinnitus lasting at least five minutes in the past year. This amounts to nearly 25 million Americans.

Tinnitus is not a disease. It is a symptom that something is wrong in the auditory system, which includes the ear, the auditory nerve that connects the inner ear to the brain, and the parts of the brain that process sound. 

Does Everyone with Hearing Loss Develop Tinnitus?

Why some people with hearing loss develop tinnitus—a buzzing or ringing sound in the ears in the absence of any real sound—and others don’t has puzzled scientists for years. Almost all cases of tinnitus are preceded by a loss of hearing as the result of damage to the inner ear from aging, injury, or long-term exposure to loud noise, but experts estimate that only a third of those with hearing loss will go on to develop tinnitus.

1. What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus (pronounced “tin-it-tus”) is an abnormal noise in the ear.  Tinnitus is extremely common – nearly 36 million Americans have tinnitus. More than half of the normal population has intermittent tinnitus.

About 6% of the general population has what they consider to be “severe” tinnitus. It can sound like a low roar, a high-pitched ring or a variety of other sounds.  Tinnitus may be in both ears or just in one ear.  Seven million Americans are so severely affected that they cannot lead normal lives.

2. Are there different types of tinnitus?
Types of tinnitus

There are two different categories or types of tinnitus.

Subjective tinnitus is tinnitus only you can hear. This is the most common type of tinnitus. It can be caused by ear problems in your outer, middle or inner ear. It also can be caused by problems with the hearing (auditory) nerves or the part of your brain that interprets nerve signals as sound.

Objective tinnitus (believe it or not) is tinnitus your doctor can hear when he or she does an examination. This rare type of tinnitus may be caused by a blood vessel problem, an inner ear bone condition or muscle contractions.

3. What can cause tinnitus?
There are many causes of tinnitus, here are just a few

  • Ear wax.
  • Exposure to loud noise
  • middle ear infection or fluid
  • injury to the nerve from the ear to the brain, and central nervous system damage.
  • aneurysms,
  • increased pressure in the head (hydrocephalus), and
  • hardening of the arteries.
  • Brain tumors
  • Loud noise both short term and long term. inner ear damage and tinnitus.
  • Medications
4. Who is the typical person suffering from tinnitus?
Of adults ages 65 and older in the United States, 12.3 percent of men and nearly 14 percent of women are affected by tinnitus. Tinnitus is identified more frequently in white individuals and the prevalence of tinnitus is almost twice as frequent in the South as in the Northeast.
5. Is tinnitus always heard in both ears?
Tinnitus can be perceived in both ears, one ear or in some patients in the middle of the head and not in the ear.

Sound Therapy

What is Sound Therapy?

Sound therapy has, through research, proven to be the most commonly effective treatment of tinnitus. In many cases, tinnitus is a result of the brain attempting to compensate for sounds it is being deprived of. Sound therapy gently replaces those sounds, reducing the the degree to which patients notice their tinnitus.

Which sound therapy solution is right for me?

At Aberdeen Audiology, we believe every patient’s case can be different and therefore, no one solution is right for everyone.  Through careful discussion and consideration, Dr. Goyne will work with you to develop a treatment plan that best suits your needs.

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy

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