Tinnitus Treatment Options
Do you hear a persistent ringing, buzzing or whooshing noise that no one else hears? That’s called tinnitus and you aren’t alone. Over 16 million people seek treatment for tinnitus each year. Tinnitus is a symptom and the treatment is dependent on the cause.
Causes of tinnitus
Tinnitus can be caused by a wide variety of things ranging from too much aspirin to head injury. The most effective tinnitus treatment for you will depend on the underlying cause of your tinnitus. The audiologists at The Speech & Hearing Center will create a treatment plan that considers the severity of your tinnitus and the negative impact tinnitus is causing on your daily activities. Common causes of tinnitus include:
- Hearing loss
- Exposure to loud noise
- Earwax buildup
- Abnormal bone growth in the ear
- Meniere's disease
- Head or neck injuries
- Benign tumor of the cranial nerve
- Vascular disorders
- Stress or depression
- During your tinnitus evaluation, we’ll review your medical history, perform a complete examination and test your hearing if necessary.
The Speech & Hearing Center offers several treatments for tinnitus. Your treatment will depend on the causes of your tinnitus and personalized to bring you relief.
The most common cause of tinnitus is undiagnosed hearing loss. When auditory input is limited, the brain “fills in the gaps.” By restoring auditory input, the tinnitus may subside or be eliminated. Even if hearing loss isn’t present, hearing aids are often a successful treatment method because they can be equipped with a masking feature.
Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT)
Tinnitus retraining therapy is a combination of behavioral therapy and sound therapy. The treatment that retrains how your brain perceives tinnitus and how you react to the tinnitus. Over time, the brain learns to treat tinnitus as background noise and ignore it. This can help with the emotional difficulties that are often associated with tinnitus.
For continued relief, it’s important that you manage any underlying health problems that contribute to your tinnitus.