Ringing in the Ears? Understanding Tinnitus
Posted by Hearing Northwest on August 24, 2012
For many, there are no sounds of silence. Instead even the quietest of moments, such as sleep, can be filled with buzzing, humming or ringing sounds. This condition is called tinnitus and according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders it effects nearly 25 million Americans. Presently no treatments are available to cure this condition.
Tinnitus is primarily caused by prolonged exposure to loud noises but also can stem from aging, head injuries or side effects from medications. For many of those afflicted, the impact can be grave as the perpetual ringing can cause difficulties in concentration and sleeping. While there are no curable options, different treatments can be used to help ease the suffering from the condition or help reduce the degree to which it is prevalent. These treatments include counseling to help cope with the effects of tinnitus, sound therapy using subtle background noises to lessen the effects and hearing aids which in some cases have been able to help provide relief though amplification of other sounds.
If you or someone you know suffers from ringing in the ears, we want to help them evaluate options to possibly lessen the effects of tinnitus. We can readily supply more information or schedule a free hearing evaluation and consultation. Simply go to our Contact Us page to submit your information and we will be in touch within one business day.