Tinnitus is a condition in which a person perceives sound that is not actually present in the environment. It’s often described as a ringing in the ears, buzzing, whooshing, or hissing sounds. These perceived sounds and their loudness may vary from one person to another. In most cases, tinnitus is related to damage in the auditory system, which may or may not include hearing loss. Sometimes a single event, a medication, or a condition unrelated to the hearing system can trigger tinnitus. Tinnitus may or may not be accompanied by hearing loss.
Our audiologists will evaluate both your hearing and tinnitus to determine whether a treatable medical condition is present. If there is an underlying medical condition, you will then be evaluated by one of our ENT physicians for treatment, if necessary.
Tinnitus can almost always be treated and its symptoms can be improved, in most cases through sound therapy that can be customized for each patient’s needs. This technology is available through many of today’s advanced hearing aids. Our audiologists will explain this treatment and other options to you so you can choose the solution that is best for you.