Another sleepless night. Distracting noises. Ear pain that won’t go away. The symptoms of tinnitus come in many shapes and forms.
Over 50 million Americans are thought to have tinnitus according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, with many individuals not knowing how to get relief from this plaguing condition. Tinnitus occurs when the auditory system picks up the presence of noise without there actually being any outside sounds. This noise can take the form of roaring, ringing, or whistling, and might be loud or soft. Many times, tinnitus is most noticeable and frustrating before bed when an individual’s environment is quiet and calm.
Tinnitus symptoms can range from slightly bothersome to completely life-altering, and since tinnitus is most often noticed in quiet environments, it can create sleeping problems that lead to long-term fatigue.
Causes of tinnitus include: fluid behind the eardrum, head and neck trauma, earwax buildup, hearing loss, and medications Unfortunately, there is no known cause of tinnitus and no cure. However, relief is possible through a variety of treatment plans that often include the use of hearing devices, medication, counseling, or external sound generators.
Tinnitus can be difficult to understand because its cause can be as elusive as its cure. Tinnitus is not a disease, but instead a symptom that something is wrong in the ear, the auditory nerve, and/or the parts of the brain that process sound. Something as simple as a piece of earwax blocking the ear canal can cause tinnitus. There are several other possible causes of tinnitus, however many are unknown.
At West River Audiology, we understand that living with tinnitus can be a frustrating ordeal, and we aim to create a plan of treatment that helps you to regain control over your day to day life. Our patients have found success utilizing an incredibly wide range of solutions, including meditation and stress reduction techniques, changes to their diet, using hearing aids, or using devices like white noise machines to help mask their symptoms.
You don’t have to live with the frustration of tinnitus – our audiologists can help you find relief! Take the first step toward regaining control of your hearing and contact us today.