Do You Have Ringing in Your Ears? Hearing Aids Can Help
If you experience a ringing, roaring, clicking, hissing, or buzzing sound in your ears when no external sound is present, you could have something called tinnitus. According to the American Tinnitus Association, 50 million Americans experience tinnitus to some degree, 16 million have tinnitus severe enough that they seek medical attention, and 2 million Americans have tinnitus so severe that it affects their ability to function on a daily basis.
It is important to remember that tinnitus in itself is a symptom. It doesn’t necessarily mean something is wrong with your ears, but it often means that you have been exposed to high levels of noise or you have a degree of hearing damage. However, there are many other factors that can cause tinnitus such as stress levels, head colds, certain medicines, ear or sinus infections, heart disease, brain tumors, hormonal changes, thyroid abnormalities, Meniere’s disease, and more.
The good news is that while there is no known cure for persistent tinnitus, there are treatment options available. Many hearing aids have tinnitus therapy features that help soothe ringing in the ears and help you focus on the sound you’re supposed to hear.
Oticon, one of the world’s leading hearing aid manufacturers, has something called TinnitusSoundSupport™. This offers a wide range of customizable tinnitus relief sounds—from white noise to ocean waves—for your hearing aid. This can even be controlled through an app for your smartphone, opening up a whole new world of tinnitus relief. Depending on your severity of tinnitus, you can also use sound generators, special pillows, or additional smartphone apps to play sounds that reduce tinnitus.
If you are concerned about the effects of tinnitus on your overall health and well-being, it’s important to see a professional. To schedule a tinnitus consultation, please call Audiology Associates at 661-284-1900. Kevin Bolder, Au.D., Patrice Rifkind, Au.D. and John Davis, Au.D. are three of the best in Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valley. Visit our website at www.AudiologyAssociates.net or stop by our office located at 23838 Valencia Blvd, Suite 100 in Valencia.
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