Tinnitus, or ringing in your ears, is a common condition that affects 15-20% of all adults and is found in about 75% of those with hearing loss. While tinnitus is different for each person, it can be severe enough to affect your quality of life. Devin Anderson, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA, and the skilled team at Priority Hearing and Tinnitus in Maricopa and San Tan Valley, Arizona, has helped many patients get relief from tinnitus with treatment plans tailored to meet their individual needs. To schedule an appointment, use the online booking feature or call one of the offices today.
Tinnitus occurs when you can hear a sound or noise in one or both ears that doesn’t come from your environment. You may hear a variety of noises, including:
You may also experience a pulsating sensation instead of a sound. The sounds you hear may be constant or come-and-go.
Sometimes the cause can’t be determined. However, tinnitus often develops when tiny hair cells are damaged. These hair cells are essential for hearing as they turn sound wave vibrations into electrical signals that travel to your brain.
When the cells are broken or bent, they may send random electrical signals to the brain, causing phantom sounds.
Other causes of tinnitus include:
Head injuries, a fluid buildup in the inner ear, and muscle spasms may also lead to tinnitus, but they’re less common.
The team at Priority Hearing and Tinnitus provides comprehensive tinnitus testing and treatment. After examining your ears and performing a hearing test, your provider starts your treatment by addressing any underlying problems. For example, you may need cerumen removal due to excess ear wax.
If a medication contributes to your tinnitus, you may need to change the medication or the dose, if possible. Though it’s not common, pulsatile tinnitus can be a sign of an underlying vascular condition that needs the attention of a specialist.
When an underlying health condition isn’t found, your tinnitus treatment may include therapies such as:
White noise helps to suppress the sound in your ear. You may get the relief you need with a white noise machine or a masking device worn in your ear.
Acoustic neural stimulation uses headphones to deliver an acoustic signal embedded in music. Over time, this treatment triggers changes in the neural circuits in your brain, desensitizes you to the tinnitus, and stops you from hearing the sound.
If you have tinnitus and hearing loss, your provider at Priority Hearing and Tinnitus can recommend a hearing aid that helps both issues.
In severe cases of tinnitus, your provider may prescribe one of the few drugs available to reduce tinnitus. However, there currently aren’t any FDA-approved medications that cure tinnitus.
If you need relief from tinnitus, call Priority Hearing and Tinnitus or book an appointment online.