Tinnitus is the subjective perception of sound when no other sound is present. The description of what tinnitus sounds like can vary from person to person. It may be soft or loud, high-pitched or low-pitched. You might hear it in either one or both ears.
Nearly everyone experiences brief tinnitus at some point in their life. People with severe tinnitus may have trouble hearing, working, or even sleeping. The majority of individuals find tinnitus to be only a minor annoyance, however, in severe cases tinnitus can dramatically impact overall quality of life.
There are a variety of conditions or factors that might cause tinnitus, including:
- Brain tumors
- Certain medicines
- Ear and sinus infections
- Exposure to loud noises
- Foreign objects or wax in the ear
- Hearing loss
- Heart or blood vessel problems
- Hormonal changes in women
- Meniere’s disease
- Thyroid problems
If you are experiencing tinnitus, a hearing evaluation is recommended to find an accurate treatment plan. In cases where hearing loss is present, hearing aids have been shown to be helpful for many people, not only in helping people hear better, but in relieving bothersome tinnitus. There are even specific hearing aids made for tinnitus.
Contact us today to request an appointment to further investigate your hearing needs.