What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a medical condition defined by persistent ringing in one or both ears. Some of our patients also describe hearing whistling, hissing, buzzing or pulsing in their ears.
The American Tinnitus Association estimates that more than 60 million Americans suffer from tinnitus. The sounds of tinnitus may come and go, but most sufferers experience constant symptoms – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The effects range from a slight annoyance to a severe disruption of everyday life.
What Causes Tinnitus
In most cases, tinnitus is a symptom of hearing loss—significant hearing loss is reported in over 80% of tinnitus cases.
Tinnitus can also present as a symptom of an underlying health condition like an ear infection or impacted earwax. It can even be caused by exposure to excessive noise or certain medications.
Tinnitus Treatment Options
Each tinnitus condition is unique and requires proper evaluation and specialized treatment.
While there isn’t a cure for tinnitus, Hearing & Low Vision specialists are experienced at providing individual treatment solutions on a case-by-case basis. After completing a hearing exam, your hearing expert can review and discuss treatment options.
Tinnitus caused by an ear infection or impacted earwax may dissipate as the underlying condition is treated. Symptoms caused by exposure to noise or medication may also resolve over time. Patients who develop tinnitus with hearing loss often find relief from the use of hearing aids and other sound amplification devices. Hearing aids help cover the sound of tinnitus, increase the volume of external noise and improve communication.
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At Hearing and Low Vision Solutions in San Francisco, we enhance your quality of life. For your individual hearing solution, schedule an appointment today by calling 415-742-4440