Tinnitus Testing and Treatment in Fort Collins
If you are bothered by a humming or buzzing in your ear, you may have Tinnitus. Tinnitus is characterized by a noise or ringing that you hear and can be quite bothersome for those who suffer from it. You may hear ringing, clicking, or buzzing, although no other sounds are present. At Advanced Hearing Services, Susan will perform a Tinnitus evaluation for you to assess your hearing health and provide you with the solutions you need to treat your Tinnitus.
What Is Tinnitus?
Commonly mistaken as a condition itself, Tinnitus is actually a symptom of an underlying problem that may include ear injury, hearing loss, or a circulatory system disorder. Though not usually serious, Tinnitus can get worse with age and can be quite bothersome to those who suffer from it.
There are two types of Tinnitus, subjective and objective. Subjective is Tinnitus only you can hear and is the most common. It can be caused by problems in your inner, outer, or middle ear, or your auditory nerves or auditory pathways. Objective is Tinnitus your doctor can also hear during an exam. This type may be due to a middle ear bone condition, muscle contractions, or a blood vessel problem.
If you occasionally or frequently hear a buzzing, ringing, or humming in your ear, you may have Tinnitus.
What Are the Causes of Tinnitus?
There can be many causes of Tinnitus and different health conditions that may cause your Tinnitus to worsen. Some of the causes include:
- Inner ear cell damage
- Age-related hearing loss
- Loud noise exposure
- Changes in your ear bone
- TMJ issues
- Head or neck injuries
- Blood vessel disorders
- Certain medications
What Are the Symptoms of Tinnitus?
Symptoms of Tinnitus vary depending on the extent of the condition or your hearing loss. Most people hear ringing, buzzing, whooshing, crickets, electricity sounds, roaring, and humming. Tinnitus can fluctuate in volume and pitch. Stress is a contributing factor in the fluctuation of your Tinnitus. If you experience any of these sounds or something different, a Tinnitus evaluation would find the cause and offer treatment options.
How Is Tinnitus Treated?
There is no cure for Tinnitus; however, your symptoms can be easily managed and solutions found. After your Tinnitus evaluation, Susan will determine the best course of treatment to help you manage your symptoms. Some of these options are outlined below.
- Combination devices (hearing aids with tinnitus sound support): Oticon Opn can provide Tinnitus sound support within their hearing aids. This function provides customization Tinnitus relief sounds ranging from broadband tones to natural, ocean, or nature sounds.
- Hearing aids: Should you opt to use a hearing aid, Susan will assist you in selecting the best hearing aid device for your tinnitus.
- Tinnitus retraining therapy: Susan can offer you different techniques to manage your Tinnitus. Prevention, such as using hearing protection when exposed to loud sounds, is important, as is awareness using headphones, and taking care of your overall cardiovascular health to prevent tinnitus that may be linked to blood vessel disorders.