Tinnitus Overview

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing sounds that are not there. If you are suffering from a ringing, buzzing, whooshing or clicking in your ears, you are not alone. Over 50 million Americans report some degree of tinnitus.

Nearly 90% of those suffering from tinnitus also have some degree of hearing loss.

What Causes Tinnitus?

Tinnitus isn’t an actual physical condition, but rather, a symptom of another underlying condition. The list of possible causes is extensive, and includes – but is not limited to – the following:

  • Hearing loss
  • Meniere’s disease
  • TMJ disorder
  • Head/neck trauma
  • Hypertension
  • Stress
  • Migraines
  • Earwax
  • Ototoxic medications
  • Benign tumors

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Types of Tinnitus

Tinnitus is categorized as being either pulsatile or nonpulsatile and either subjective or objective.

Pulsatile tinnitus is caused by abnormal blood flow within the arteries of the neck or inside the ear, and is fairly rare. People who suffer from this type report hearing the sound of their own pulse.

Nonpulsatile tinnitus – ringing in the ears not accompanied by any type of rhythm – is considerably more common.

Objective tinnitus can be heard by another person, usually a doctor.

Subjective tinnitus can only be heard by the patient.

Tinnitus Treatments

There is no universal cure for tinnitus, but there are treatments that make it less of a distraction. Below are a number of different strategies we use that can help manage your symptoms.

  • Acoustic therapy
  • Tinnitus retraining therapy
  • Steroid injections
  • Surgery
  • Hearing aids
  • Counseling

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