Tinnitus Doesn’t Have To Rule Your Life
If you experience ringing in your ears on a day-to-day basis, then I’m sure you share the same frustrations too well.
It can be any sound, such as a buzzing, hissing, or whistling, and is one of the most grueling conditions to endure.
On average, around 75% of people experience some form of tinnitus in their life. Remember the ringing in your ears after a concert? That’s actually a temporary form of tinnitus.
While the condition isn’t physically painful, the mental exhaustion it can cause daily is a tiring experience and it has the ability to dramatically reduce a person’s quality of life.
What Is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the name for the sounds you can hear in your ears that others can’t.
It usually starts off gradually, as most people are unable to recognize it. Over time, as the sounds intensify, the tinnitus becomes more noticeable, leading to loss of sleep and motivation.
A lot of people are surprised to know that tinnitus is not the disease itself, but it is a result of an injury to the body – whether it’s hearing loss, head injury, cold, or an ear infection.
What Causes Tinnitus?
A common theory to explain the causes of tinnitus is hearing loss. When there is a loss of sensory input from the cochlea, then the brain creates its own compensatory sounds.
Other factors, such as stress and alcohol, can cause tinnitus to flare up, which inevitably causes the individual to become more stressed and more aware of it.
Helping You Treat Your Tinnitus
As Petaluma and San Rafael’s most trusted hearing care experts, we have identified some of the most effective treatments for managing and providing relief for tinnitus.
From the use of hearing aids or maskers to minimize the tinnitus, or expertly working alongside you to medically diagnose your tinnitus, we always aim to provide you with a solution.
Each step of the way, you will be educated and supported, ensuring we get to the direct root of the problem.
How is Tinnitus Treated?
While there is no official “cure” for tinnitus, it doesn’t mean that certain methods of treatment aren’t going to be effective.
In fact, some methodologies are proven to significantly reduce the impact tinnitus has on your day-to-day life, allowing you to live stress-free.
Some of the tinnitus management options include:
- Medications to reduce stress or anxiety
- Hearing aids, which work to mask/correct the sound
- Tinnitus retraining therapy – uses sound therapy to retrain your brain to filter out the tinnitus i.e., the Listening Program SLEEP
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy and counseling to change the way you think about your tinnitus
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Schedule A Tinnitus Assessment
The first step is to schedule a tinnitus assessment with one of our experts, where we can have a discussion about your tinnitus and how it affects you personally.