January 1, 2018 Audiology
Are you or someone you know experiencing ringing in the ears? You are not alone! TINNITUS is pronounced either ti-NIGHT-us or TIN-i-tus. Both pronunciations are correct; the American Tinnitus Association uses ti-NIGHT-us. The word is of Latin origin, meaning "to ring or tinkle like a bell.” Tinnitus is defined as the perception of sound when no external sound is present, and is often referred to as “ringing in the ears.” Tinnitus can also be described as hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping, or clicking sounds - every person suffering from tinnitus has their own variation of sound. The American Tinnitus Association estimates that more than 50 million Americans experience tinnitus. Of these, 12 million have tinnitus that is so severe that medical attention is required. Furthermore, approximately 2 million people have tinnitus that is so severely debilitating they cannot function in their daily lives.
Every person’s hearing experiences are different. This is also the case with tinnitus. It can be intermittent or constant, with single or changing frequencies. There are many causes of tinnitus, so it is important to be thoroughly evaluated by a hearing health professional. We have made tremendous advances through research, and based on what is known about the auditory (hearing) system - sound is detected by the ear and processed by the brain. On the other hand, the exact physiological cause or causes of tinnitus are not known. There are, however, several likely sources, all of which are known to trigger or worsen tinnitus. These causes can range from noise exposure or other damage to the auditory system, ear wax build up, and other medical conditions.
At Tustin Hearing Center, we understand that tinnitus is a complex problem, and that each experience is different for each person. We take the time to listen and gather valuable information, use comprehensive diagnostic testing to evaluate, and then by combining the latest technologies, therapies, and methods, we develop an individualized treatment and/or management plan. Our commitment to continuing education will also keep us up to date with new therapies and management strategies to help our patients experience relief from their tinnitus.
If you or a loved one has been told to “learn to live with your tinnitus,” call our office today and see one of our Audiologists for the latest testing, treatment and/or management of your tinnitus! We may be able to help you!