Do you hear a fairly consistent ringing sound in your ears? Does this sound negatively impact your life or affect your work? If so, then you may have tinnitus. Tinnitus can be a debilitating symptom associated with many forms of hearing loss or other health problems. Roughly 25 million Americans have experienced tinnitus, and in some cases, the effects are so severe it interferes with their daily activities. If you feel like you may have the symptoms of tinnitus, make an appointment to see us for an evaluation.
Treatments for Tinnitus Can Include:
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.
Tinnitus maskers are small electronic devices that look like hearing aids and are tuned to generate 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 understanding speech. Many types of devices, such as fans, radios and sound generators can be used as tinnitus maskers to help tinnitus sufferers to fall asleep or get back to sleep.
Medicine or Drug Therapy
As a tinnitus sufferer you may develop anxiety and other strong emotional responses to your tinnitus. Certain medicines may provide relief from these emotional reactions and provide some relief from the tinnitus. Other medicines and nutritional supplements can provide additional relief.
If you have tinnitus you may experience anxiety, depression and other psychiatric problems. You may be referred to a psychiatrist or counselor as needed.
Learning how to relax is very helpful if the noise in your ears frustrates you. Stress makes tinnitus seem worse. By relaxing, you have a chance to rest and better deal with the sound.
Hearing Health & Wellness Center
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Plantsville, CT, 06479
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