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What Is Tinnitus?

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Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the ears or head when there is no external source for the sound. It is generally described as ringing, buzzing, crickets, or hissing. It is estimated that nearly 50 million Americans experience some form of tinnitus. Tinnitus can occur for many reasons, including:

  • Hearing Loss
  • Obstructions in the Middle Ear
  • Head and Neck Trauma
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
  • Sinus Pressure and Barometric Trauma
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Ototoxic Drugs
  • Other Diseases and Medical Conditions such as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, anemia, Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, depression, anxiety, stress, Meniere’s disease, thoracic outlet syndrome, otosclerosis, acoustic neuroma, vestibular schwannoma, etc.

While nothing will "cure" tinnitus, there are some treatment options that may reduce the loudness and annoyance of tinnitus. Some common treatment options include:

  • Hearing Aids
  • Improving overall health through diet, exercise, and stress reduction
  • Tinnitus maskers and sound therapy
  • Sound machines for sleep
  • Therapy to help with the negative feelings which may be associated with tinnitus

Please visit the American Tinnitus Association for more information.

If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of tinnitus, Here 4 You Hearing Center is here to help! Contact us by filling out the form below.

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