As your dedicated audiologists in Fredericton, Saint John and Oromocto, Audiocorp Ltd. is concerned with your overall hearing health. If you think you’re having a problem with tinnitus, we are here to help with counselling and treatment options specific for you.
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a condition where individuals experience noises or sounds in one or both ears that do not originate from an external source. Patients often describe the sound as a high-pitched ringing but it can also be diagnosed with buzzing, whistling, hissing, roaring and various other sounds.
May Cause Problems Sleeping, Concentrating & Depression
In many cases, the noise you hear is only noticeable in quiet environments like bedrooms. You may not notice it at all during your day-to-day activities. This is a subjective condition that affects people in very different ways. It can become extremely loud and to a point where you hear nothing else. The noise you hear can be constant, intermittent or pulsating in nature and may cause difficulty sleeping and concentrating. Many cases of depression have been reported. Factors such as stress, diet and noise exposure can influence the degree of loudness.
Approximately 3 Million Canadians Suffer from Tinnitus
Studies have shown that 10 to 15% of the adult population and approximately 3 million Canadians suffer from tinnitus. Out of the 3 million, it is estimated that 20% or 600,000 seek help due to the severity of the condition. Tinnitus in itself does not cause hearing loss but may coincide with hearing problems and various other symptoms including ear pressure, unsteadiness, dizziness and vertigo. It may also occur with no other additional symptoms.
What are the Causes of Tinnitus?
While the exact mechanism underlying tinnitus is unknown, there are many researched causes of the condition, including disorders of the outer, middle or inner portion of your ear such as:
The leading cause of tinnitus is noise exposure, which is very preventable with appropriate hearing protection. Other causes include:
Tinnitus does not mean your hearing has decreased or that you have hearing loss. It is the symptom of a problem. Audiocorp encourages you to come see us or speak with your family physician for help.
Your Treatment Options
Tinnitus can often be the symptom of a more serious disorder. The first step in treatment is to look for a medical cause. You should make an appointment with a skilled clinical audiologist, like the team at Audiocorp, who can then suggest referral to an otolaryngologist (ENT) if necessary.
If tinnitus is causing problems in your life, it’s important to remember that treatment is available. You should consider the following options:
Consider the Following Management Strategies
Take control of your tinnitus with the following helpful tips: