The National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) describes tinnitus as a “sensation of a ringing, roaring, or buzzing sound in the ears or head. It is often associated with many forms of hearing impairment and noise exposure.” There are many causes of tinnitus including:
- Hearing loss
- Exposure to loud noise
- Certain medicines
- Other medical conditions (Wax build up in the ear canal, ear and sinus infections, jaw misalignment or “TMJ” (temporal-mandibular joint) Syndrome; cardiovascular disease and, rarely, certain types of tumors.
The American Tinnitus Association (www.ata.org) estimates that 50 million Americans have some degree of tinnitus. About 12 million people have tinnitus significant enough to prompt a person to seek medical care and 2 million patients experience tinnitus that is so debilitating as to interrupt normal day to day function.
While tinnitus sufferers have been told for years to “Just get over it”; or, “Ignore it and it will go away”, this “solution” does not provide relief for most people. Fortunately there is help!
O’Connor Hearing Center is pleased to provide a number of treatment options for all degrees of tinnitus experience. The process begins with a comprehensive Tinnitus Evaluation
. Based on the results of this evaluation one of several treatment options will be suggested.
Tinnitus can be a debilitating and devastating condition which can affect your life in dramatic ways. There is help! Please contact O’Connor Hearing Center to begin your journey back to a restful life.