If you’ve ever experienced ringing in your ears that no one else can hear, you’ve experienced tinnitus. Tinnitus can also sound like buzzing, hissing, roaring, clicking, humming or whistling. This condition varies from person to person. For example, your tinnitus may be:
- Constant sound or intermittent
- High pitched or low roar sounds
- In one or both ears
- Soft or very loud, disrupting your daily life
Causes of Tinnitus
There can be many different reasons why you have developed this condition.
- Delicate hairs inside your inner ear (cochlea) can become damaged as you age or due to overexposure to loud noises. These damaged hairs can send random sound messages to your brain.
- Blockages in your ear canal due to earwax, foreign material or fluid from an ear infection can alter the pressure inside your ears and cause tinnitus.
- Eustachian Tube Dysfunction can affect sound in your ears.
- Medications can cause tinnitus or make your symptoms worse.
- Damage to your inner ear due to trauma may cause tinnitus.
- Smoking and alcohol consumption can increase your risk.
- Cardiovascular problems, high blood pressure, obesity and arthritis can also increase your risk.
There are many other reasons why you might be experiencing ringing in your ears. We can determine the root cause of your symptoms during a Comprehensive Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation at Biltmore Audiology & Hearing Aid Center.
Treatment for Tinnitus
There is no cure for tinnitus. However, if your condition is caused by earwax buildup, removal of blockages may solve the problem. If you have underlying blood vessel conditions, we may be able to treat your condition through surgery or medication.
Often, hearing aids can be very effective in improving the symptoms of tinnitus. Our audiologists in Phoenix can help you understand your options when it comes to hearing aids.
You may need to implement different techniques to live comfortably with your symptoms:
- White noise machine to mask the ringing sound and help you sleep
- Therapy programs to minimize anxiety and depression
- Reduction of alcohol, caffeine and nicotine which can make your condition worse
- Stress management techniques
- Support groups
You Have Questions: We Have Answers
When you come in for your appointment, we’ll cover commonly asked questions about tinnitus. We are trained to help answer such questions as:
- Is tinnitus temporary?
- Will ringing in my ears go away?
- Is tinnitus serious?
- How can I cope with ringing in my ears?
- Can hearing aids help tinnitus?
- And many more
More importantly, we can offer treatments and products to improve your hearing and quality of life.
Our team at Biltmore Audiology & Hearing Aid Center is ready to diagnose your tinnitus in Phoenix and help control ringing in your ears. Contact our office today at (602) 956-1250 or click here to request an appointment.