You might be reading this article about tinnitus because a.) you are hearing some ringing or buzzing in your ears or b.) your family member might be experiencing the same. Let us help you understand tinnitus more and learn how to manage it.
TINNITUS MANAGEMENT - SPRINGFIELD, PA
The most COMMON cause of tinnitus is hearing loss BUT there are also other medications and health conditions that may trigger tinnitus. In most cases, tinnitus is not serious, BUT if it comes on SUDDENLY and TOO LOUD for comfort, medical attention should be sought.
COMMON SYMPTOMS OF TINNITUS
Subjective tinnitus is when the person with the condition is the only one hearing the sound. This is commonly caused by ear problems.
Meanwhile, objective tinnitus can be actually heard or measured by an audiologist or hearing specialist. This is a RARE type of tinnitus and may be triggered by problems in the middle ear, heart, or blood vessels.
It is worth noting though, that just like any other medical condition, tinnitus may have a unique impact on each individual. However, below are some common experiences of individuals with tinnitus that MAY lead to COMPLICATIONS.
WHAT IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR TINNITUS?
Treatment for tinnitus will depend on its type and severity. If hearing loss is manifested together with tinnitus, hearing aids or tinnitus therapy is the best path to choose. Keep in mind though, that hearing aids will not magically make tinnitus disappear, BUT it will certainly help a lot.
Learning to live with tinnitus is a process, and it needs the right mindset and conditioning. Support from family, friends and colleagues also play a big role in the success of tinnitus treatment. Of course, the expertise of an audiologist will also be a big determinant of tinnitus treatment. If you are looking for experts in dealing with tinnitus, our audiologists at PA Center for Hearing and Balance can help you.
Other tinnitus treatments include biofeedback, meditation, sound/noise conditioning, tinnitus programs, etc. Audiologists will lay out all the options and discuss with you on what’s the most comfortable treatment. Make sure to be as detailed as possible when your health history is being taken, including the medications (past and present) and past or existing health conditions.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can also help with your tinnitus. Follow your doctor’s orders based on the diagnosis and try to avoid noted tinnitus triggers.
Just like any other medical condition, no single approach works for all. Your medical practitioner may decide to combine different techniques or a combination of techniques to find out what works best.
With age-related tinnitus PLUS hearing loss, can make tinnitus less noticeable by highlighting external sounds.
Take note that as of writing, there is no FDA-approved drug for tinnitus. While some natural alternatives for tinnitus are getting more popular – from gingko biloba to acupuncture, medical experts stand by their findings that there is still no drug, herb, or supplement to be more effective than a placebo.
If anything, the closest treatment for tinnitus can be found inside an audiologist’s clinic.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Sounds produced by tinnitus may vary in pitch from a low hum to a high squeal and a person suffering from this condition may hear it in either one or both ears. There are instances when tinnitus can be heard SO LOUD to the point that it can already affect one’s ability to function normally.
Additionally, tinnitus may either be constant or fleeting. Knowing the degree and type of tinnitus is essential so that you and your audiologist can come up with the most effective and convenient options.
Age-related hearing loss or presbycusis – this is another common cause of tinnitus. As one ages, hearing deteriorates.
Blood Vessel Disorders – if the tinnitus is observed as pulsating, one might have a blood vessel disorder. This condition can be attributed to plaque build up in the arteries, heart disease, untreated high blood pressure, irregular blood flow in the carotid artery, among others. Most of the time, this kind of tinnitus will only manifest in one ear.
If tinnitus feels like a heartbeat, it may be caused by damage in the blood vessels. If you are experiencing this kind of tinnitus, you need to seek medical attention right away to rule out possible cardiac issues.
Sensorineural – tinnitus may also be tagged as sensorineural, which means that it may stem from a cochlear level. Take note though that tinnitus may also originate in other places. The human body produces somatic sounds that we don’t really notice because we are inclined to hear external sounds. In the event that something blocks normal hearing, somatic sounds can be brought to attention.
A clear example of this is when earwax blocks the outer ear. Due to the blockage, a person may notice more somatic sounds than usual. This is why we couldn’t stress any further how important it is to see a doctor if you are experiencing tinnitus.