What is Tinnitus?

Do you hear a ringing, roaring, clicking, or hissing sound in your ears? Do you hear this sound often or all the time? Does the sound bother you a lot? If you answer yes to these questions, you may have tinnitus (tin-NY-tus). Tinnitus is a symptom associated with many forms of hearing loss. It can also be a symptom of other health problems including thyroid problems, ear wax, ear infections, or disease of the ear.

Roughly 25 million Americans have experienced tinnitus. Some cases are so severe that it interferes with their daily activities. People with severe cases of tinnitus may find it difficult to hear, work, or even sleep.

What Causes Tinnitus?

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One extremely loud sound and/or exposure to loud sounds over time can both cause tinnitus.

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More than 200 medications can cause tinnitus.

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Allergic reactions can cause both temporary or permanent tinnitus.

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Tumors, circulatory problems, and jaw or neck problems can all cause tinnitus.

The Tinnitus Evaluation

A tinnitus evaluation is a continuation of the hearing evaluation. We will further evaluate your tinnitus by testing frequencies beyond the normal hearing test. We will match the pitch and loudness of your tinnitus in order to give us information about our ability to mask, change or interact with your tinnitus as treatment. This information will help us to decide which treatment options are best suited for you. Additionally, we will evaluate loudness tolerance in a controlled environment. Often, individuals with hearing loss and tinnitus also suffer from sound sensitivity.

Options for Tinnitus Treatment

We will use your health history, an additional Tinnitus questionnaire, and your hearing test to determine your treatment options. Sometimes, patients are referred to other healthcare providers for additional testing when necessary. Audiology Doctors of Florida always starts every tinnitus management program by helping patients understand what is known about tinnitus, the potential causes, its relationship to hearing, various treatment options and the brain’s ability to pay attention to or ignore the information. Together, we will determine the best option for you.

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