Tinnitus currently affects roughly 25 million Americans nationwide. This condition can be very detrimental to your health and those around you.

There are varying levels of tinnitus that a patient can have, but they all include a type of sound in the ear that may present itself as ringing, buzzing, whistling, or humming, to name a few.

This occurs when the brain is not hearing other sounds properly and, therefore, must create sounds for the patient in order to keep functioning.

Currently, there is no cure for tinnitus, but with our help, it can be managed.

Understanding The Causes

There are a variety of ways to develop tinnitus, and while not all the causes are known, here are a few to look out for in everyday life.

  • Single episodes of extremely loud noises
  • Prolonged exposure to above-average loud noises
  • Head trauma
  • Side effects from medication
  • Blood pressure
  • Wax buildup
  • Fluid behind the eardrum

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Common Treatments

There are many ways to combat this condition, and by seeing a hearing care professional, they can assess your unique situation.

By meeting with a professional, they will determine the most likely causes and what to avoid in the future to limit any further damage.

Sound Masking — Instruments used to introduce the wearer to new sounds that will distract from the ringing noises or other noises caused by tinnitus.

Medication Therapy — Provides relief to emotional stresses.

Levo Systems — Used to match the sound quality and volume of the patient’s tinnitus in order to zero it out.

Desyncra Sound Therapy — Used to disrupt the signals being sent to the brain by tinnitus.

Counseling — This can help reduce the stress caused by tinnitus. This condition can have undue stress on your career and home life. It’s important to maintain good relationships while dealing with issues caused by tinnitus.

The Listening Program — Music therapy that provides engaging brain stimulation to improve performance. This program can acoustically modify subtle sounds of nature and ambient music to help retrain how the brain interprets sound.

The Sound Pillow — Originally designed to relax the body and slow down the brain to help promote sustainable sleep, it can be used to distract the brain from tinnitus.

Preferred Hearing Centers’ Perspective

At Preferred Hearing Centers, we have been helping our patients manage the pitfalls of tinnitus with great success.

Each patient has a unique set of needs, and getting to know the details of that patient’s situation is paramount.

Right now, there is only one FDA-approved method of treating tinnitus, and that is to stimulate the brain with proper sound waves.

Fortunately, the circuitry of modern hearing aids integrates tinnitus masking treatment technology into their design.

This allows patients who undergo hearing aid masking tinnitus treatment to report a noticeable reduction in their daily tinnitus experience.

For some, the ringing disappears completely during the day.

Hearing assessments can be booked here, and any questions you may have will be answered by a phone call to one of our three convenient locations.

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Mark D. Johnson, HAS, BC-HIS, A.C.A.

Mark began his career in the hearing healthcare field in 1993 with a major hearing aid/care provider. He opened his own practice in 1994 in Orlando, Fl.  In 1995, he became board-certified, and through continued training received his A.C.A. credentialing as a certified audioprosthologist in 1997. He has conducted many hearing educational workshops, both for professionals and for the general public, and trained many individuals in the hearing healthcare field.