Detroit Tinnitus Specialist
Nearly 36 million Americans suffer from tinnitus or head noises. It may be an intermittent sound or an annoying continuous sound in one or both ears. Its pitch can go from a low roar to a high squeal or whine. Prior to any treatment, it is important to undergo a thorough examination and evaluation by your otolaryngologist. An essential part of the treatment will be your understanding of tinnitus and its causes.
What is Tinnitus?
Those who suffer from tinnitus hear noises or ringing in their ears, ranging from intermittent sounds to a continuous drone in one or both ears. These sounds can vary from a high-pitched squeal to a low rumble, and though others typically cannot hear these noises, they can be very disruptive to the focus and concentration of the person they’re affecting.
The Causes of Tinnitus
Most cases of tinnitus occur when a part of the hearing nerve in the inner ear gets damaged. These important nerve endings are vital for acute hearing, which is why when they experience damage, it can result in both tinnitus and hearing loss. Oftentimes, nerve endings become damaged as you grow older. However, younger people can also experience damage by exposing themselves to loud noises or music. Other common causes of tinnitus include:
- High/Low Blood Pressure
- A Tumor
- Issues With Your Thyroid
- Head or Neck Injury
- Certain Medications
Every case of tinnitus is different, and it is important to see an audiologist to determine which treatment options are available for you.
Many times, there is no specifically designated treatment for tinnitus. If your head noise is being caused by something identifiable by our Platinum Hearing Aids staff through X-rays, balance evaluations, or laboratory work, it is possible that we are able to help eliminate the noise. Although eliminating tinnitus can be difficult, there are ways to lessen its severity. Simply living a healthy lifestyle can dramatically reduce the effects of head noise. Monitoring blood pressure, regulating your salt intake, avoiding stimulants such as coffee, tea, soda, and tobacco, exercising daily, and getting adequate rest are all ways to decrease the effect tinnitus can have on your life. Finally, by learning to ignore the noise as much as possible, you can begin to limit the degree to which tinnitus disrupts your life.
Learning To Cope With Tinnitus
Though tinnitus can be a nuisance, there are many ways to limit the negative impact it has on your life. Concentration and relaxation exercises can help increase your circulation and sometimes reduce the intensity of the ringing or sounds. Also, if you have hearing loss, hearing aids can be used to reduce head noise while you wear them. When combined with hearing aids, tinnitus maskers can be used to emit competitive, pleasant sounds to distract you from the noise.
Contact Us Today!
If you have further questions that our staff might be able to answer for you, please schedule an appointment at one of our office locations in Allen Park or Southfield, or call us at (877) 711-3277 (EARS). We are more than happy to assist you and we look forward to speaking with you!