Tinnitus is a very common presenting complaint of patients seen at our office. Tinnitus is the perception of ringing or other noise (buzzing, chirping, whooshing, etc) in the ears. The sound can be intermittent or constant and varies in severity from person to person. Over 45 million Americans struggle with tinnitus, making it one of the most common health conditions in the United States (American Tinnitus Society).
Tinnitus is not a condition but rather a symptom of an underlying condition. Although bothersome, tinnitus is rarely a sign of a serious problem. Damage to the inner ear organ or cochlea is the most common cause of tinnitus. Often this is due the presence of hearing loss or exposure to high noise levels.
Other causes of tinnitus include:
The first step in the evaluation of tinnitus is to see a Doctor of Audiology for a comprehensive audiological and tinnitus evaluation. At our office, we will perform a thorough evaluation to assess the condition and present you with options for management. Referral to your physician will be advised if an underlying medical condition is suspected. Tinnitus symptoms may come and go with no clear start or end making it important to speak with your audiologist about what you are experiencing.
How is Tinnitus Treated?
Tinnitus can improve with treatment in most cases. While there is no universal treatment, there are various options that your audiologist can discuss with you. To-date, no medication has been FDA approved for treatment of tinnitus. The numerous vitamins and supplements that claim to reduce tinnitus should be viewed with skepticism.
The risks of untreated hearing loss are established and many. Do not delay evaluation and management. To schedule an appointment with us or to learn more, contact us at 803-620-8250 or send an email to by filling out form below.
If your audiological evaluation reveals the presence of hearing loss, addressing the hearing loss through hearing aids is a very successful option. Most hearing aid models have the option of a built-in tinnitus masker that may be utilized in some cases. If hearing loss is not present, your audiologist will discuss alternate options for you based on your specific complaints and tinnitus severity.
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