Millions of Americans suffer with the sound that can be described as ringing, hissing, or clicking in the ears. Many times this sound is intermittent or constant and could be a symptom of other medical issues.
The main causes of tinnitus are:
- Hearing loss – Many patients that have hearing loss and tinnitus. Tinnitus is a symptom of hearing loss, however not all tinnitus patients have hearing loss.
- Noise – Too much exposure to loud noise can cause noise-induced hearing loss as well as tinnitus.
- Ototoxicity – More than 200 medicines can cause hearing loss. Ask your primary physician or pharmacist if you medicine could cause tinnitus.
- Other health issues such as allergies, tumors, cardiovascular issues, TMJ ( jaw clicking or grinding) or just wax in the ears can potentially cause tinnitus.
If you have tinnitus…
One of the most important things to do is to report your tinnitus to your primary physician. He or she can check to see if it is related to blood pressure, kidney function, diet, ear wax, allergies or related to any medicine you are taking.
I have had patients report that there is nothing that can be done to help them. This is completely FALSE!
Treatment includes tinnitus maskers, hearing aids, counseling, and dietary restrictions (reducing caffeine, salt and stress).
Sound therapy such as Widex Zen hearing aid, or Widex Zen to Go, or Neuromonics are various options to help you work with your tinnitus.
Call us today for a Tinnitus Consultation!