Tinnitus Treatment

Having Tinnitus can be unnerving, especially with the constant ringing sound in the ear. Get in touch with our office to schedule an appointment with our expert audiologists and alleviate yourself of this condition effectively.
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Tinnitus is an inconvenient disorder described as a ringing sound within the human ear that occurs without a trigger from external auditory sounds. The sound can also be described as buzzing, hissing, humming, roaring, whistling, cricket-like or pulsatile. Tinnitus is a widespread symptom with 40 percent of the adults experiencing tinnitus, but only one to two percent will find their tinnitus debilitating.

Audiologists at Hearing Unlimited can provide excellent tinnitus management and treatment based on their knowledge of hearing and hearing loss, hearing measurement, and habilitation of hearing loss. We offer an extensive array of both subjective and objective diagnostic audiological tests. We’ve been providing unsurpassed hearing health care to residents of the Southwestern Pennsylvania area since 1949. Call 412-347-5550 or book an appointment online.

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FAQs on Treating Tinnitus:

What are the Causes of Tinnitus?

The cause of tinnitus is not completely understood yet. Tinnitus is not a disease but rather a sign of something else. It can be due to flaws in your hearing system, misfiring in the brain, or even due to prescription medications. The most common cause of tinnitus, however, is hearing loss.

Current theories suggest that when hearing declines, the brain can develop its own noise to make up for the lack of sound signals coming from the ear. New research has found that many people report the onset of tinnitus after experiencing a depression or significant stress or anxiety. It is essential to identify the symptoms and see an audiologist for a full evaluation to investigate possible causes.

Many medicines - including aspirin, Aleve, Advil, and Indocin – can cause tinnitus. And some antibiotics, such as gentamicin and erythromycin, also can induce tinnitus. Foods often implicated in turning up the tinnitus volume include those with caffeine and salt – and Tonic water, due to its quinine content, can also make Tinnitus worse.

 

How Do Doctors Measure Tinnitus?

Our team will examine your ears, head, and neck to look for possible causes of tinnitus. Testing options also include a standard hearing test; movement tests (to see how they do or do not affect your sysmptoms); and imaging tests. 

We will also measure the loudness of tinnitus from a range of 1 (low loudness) to 10 (high loudness) using psychoacoustic matching procedures (measurements of tinnitus pitch and loudness). Additionally, anxiety from tinnitus is measured using a questionnaire. 

 

How is Tinnitus Treated?

Although there is no cure for tinnitus, there are several treatments that may give you some relief. Not every treatment works for everyone, so you may need to try several to find the ones that help.

  • Hearing Aids. Most people with tinnitus have some degree of hearing loss. Hearing aids create a dual benefit of enhancing hearing and masking or covering up the tinnitus. The majority of patients with tinnitus receive partial or complete relief from their tinnitus with the use of hearing aids.
  • Cochlear Implants. An electronic medical device  can be implanted to replicate the function of the damaged inner ear. The Cochlear (inner ear) implant has been shown to improve or even eliminate tinnitus by up to 95 percent.
  • Maskers. Maskers are small electronic devices that look like hearing aids and are tuned to generate a sound that masks or covers up the tinnitus. Like hearing aids, they may provide relief from the tinnitus, but will not enhance hearing and may interfere with a patient’s ability to understanding speech. Many types of devices - such as fans, radios and sound generators -can be used as tinnitus maskers. Ear-level noise generators are also available in behind-the-ear and in-the-ear styles from a few hearing aid manufacturers. Other wearable devices include portable MP3 players. All maskers may be stand-alone devices or incorporated into a conventional hearing aid (combination units).

As part of tinnitus care, it’s also important to consider your mental health. Talk to your doctor if you worry that your diagnosis is causing stress, anxiety, depression, or other similar and troubling symptoms.  

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