About My Tinnitus
Tinnitus (“TIN-a-tus” or “Tin-EYE-tus”) refers to “ringing in the ears” when no other sound is present. Tinnitus can be describe as a hissing, roaring, pulsing, whooshing, chirping, whistling, or clicking sound. There is no cure for tinnitus, but you are able to manage it and live a full and active lifestyle. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that over 50 million Americans experience some form of tinnitus with roughly 20 million people struggling with burdensome chronic tinnitus daily, making it one of the most common health conditions in the United States.
While tinnitus is a common problem, there are many effective methods to treat (or at least reduce the impact of) the sensation. Knowing the cause of your tinnitus can provide relief instead of having to live with the uncertainty of the condition. When the possible cause of your tinnitus is understood, your stress level (which can make tinnitus worse) is frequently reduced. You can “take charge” by anticipating, preventing, and changing situations that make your tinnitus worse.
How is tinnitus treated?
The most effective treatment for tinnitus is to eliminate the underlying cause. When tinnitus is associated with a specific underlying cause of a treatable medical condition, medical or surgical treatment may correct the tinnitus. If Dr. Powell determines that your tinnitus is associated with a specific underlying cause (other than sensorineural hearing loss) or an identifiable organic condition, intervention will be postponed until after medical treatment and clearance is completed by a physician.
Unfortunately, in many cases, the cause of tinnitus cannot be identified, or medical or surgical treatment is not an option. In these cases, the tinnitus itself may need to be treated. Although there is currently no cure for tinnitus, a wide range of therapies has been used to provide symptomatic relief. These therapies include hearing aids or specific forms of sound therapy in combination with education, counseling, and auditory therapy.