What causes noise or ringing in my ears?
The leading cause of ringing in the ears, which is known as tinnitus, is exposure to loud noise such as concerts or gunfire. There are other factors that can trigger tinnitus as well including age related hearing loss, certain medications or head and neck injuries.
Is there a cure or treatment plan for tinnitus?
There is a treatment plan for tinnitus called Tinnitus Retraining Therapy. It is not a cure for tinnitus but rather a management program. Treatment works by helping to lessen the individual’s perception of the noise. Tinnitus retraining therapy typically lasts about 18 months with success rates of about 80 percent.
What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a very common condition. It is a noise heard in the head or ears. Tinnitus affects people differently and can be described as low pitched, high pitched, constant, or intermittent. It can come across as ringing, roaring, buzzing, whistling, or humming.
What is sound therapy and how does it work?
Sound therapy is a treatment to help manage tinnitus symptoms. Sound therapy works by making the perception of the tinnitus less noticeable compared to background sound that is delivered through the sound therapy device. Most patients find the use of background sound very helpful when used in combination with Tinnitus Retraining Therapy.
Does tinnitus cause hearing loss?
Tinnitus on its own doesn’t cause hearing loss. It is very common in people with hearing loss; however, not all people with hearing loss will develop tinnitus.