There are many variations of hearing loss, and everyone has their own journey to treating it and living with it. Tinnitus is one of the more severe afflictions, but with proper care and a great team of professionals behind you, living with tinnitus can be managed.
What Is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is most commonly identified as a ringing in the ears that can only be heard by the patient. This form of tinnitus is called subjective tinnitus and it is the most common. There are many ways to treat this to minimize the effects of the sound you hear.
Symptoms Of Tinnitus
You may have tinnitus if you experience any of the following symptoms.
- Hearing sounds such as ringing, buzzing, clicking, hissing, humming, or roaring. Only you can hear these sounds.
- Changing sounds from one ear to the other. You may hear different sounds or different pitches from each ear.
- Varying sounds come and go without any discernible pattern. Some days may be worse than others.
- Feeling uncomfortable and uneasy due to the sounds. With tinnitus, you may experience some mental discomfort, as these sounds can be very inconvenient.
- Interfering with normal sounds is also a sign of tinnitus. The sounds you hear may drown out the actual sounds that you are trying to hear.
- Various cognitive problems such as difficulty thinking clearly or getting confused easily.
- Speech problems. An inability to express yourself normally.
If you have any of these symptoms, then we recommend you schedule a hearing assessment as soon as possible. Early detection is the best course of action to treat tinnitus and to prevent it from getting worse.
Types Of Tinnitus
Within the scope of subjective tinnitus, there are different symptoms that a patient can experience. These are the most common:
Tonal Tinnitus – This is when the patient hears one continuous sound. A constant ringing that doesn’t change or a single note that is relentless.
Pulsatile Tinnitus – This type is when the sound is pulsating. It usually goes along with the heartbeat and is continuous.
Whistling Tinnitus – Whistling is similar to tonal but with a different type of sound. You may hear a ringing still, but it is intermittent. You may also hear a buzzing, roaring, or whistling sound.
Beeping Tinnitus – As the name suggests, a patient will hear various beeping noises. This has been described as being very similar to Morse code, and the beeps can be random.
Multi-Noise Tinnitus – This is an unfortunate variation of tinnitus, as the patient may simultaneously experience more than one type of tinnitus.
What Causes Tinnitus
There are many causes of tinnitus. The most common of which is hearing loss, as a result of wear and deterioration of the nerve cells in the inner ear (Cochlea). This is usually the first condition that can lead to tinnitus. We always recommend patients get a comprehensive hearing exam at the first sign of any hearing issues. Early detection is the best treatment.
Other causes include:
- Buildup of inner earwax
- Ear infections
- Vestibular disorders
- Exposure to loud noises
- Meniere’s disease
- Low thyroid function
There are also over 250 medications that list tinnitus as a possible side effect as well.
One of the most common causes is inflammation or poor circulation within the inner ear. A small amount of inflammation is usually a good thing. Your body uses inflammation to protect and heal you. However, if your body is in a constant state of inflammation, then that’s where the problems arise.
If inflammation is the cause of your tinnitus, then it may be a sign that other areas of your health are in decline as well. The good news is that inflammation can be reversed with proper treatment.
How To Improve Your Tinnitus
The best way to treat your tinnitus is to partner with a team of hearing care specialists such as those at Preferred Hearing Center. We have the expertise and knowledge to get your hearing back to a place where you can enjoy your life again and help you manage your tinnitus.
We start with a comprehensive hearing assessment to see what kind of tinnitus you have.
If your tinnitus is inflammatory, then the best way to remedy that is by changing your diet. Eating foods such as citrus and berries, grass-fed meats, turmeric, ginger, green tea, and non-starchy vegetables are all proven to reduce inflammation.
If your issue is more serious, we will fit you with a hearing aid system that will specifically address your issue.
Hearing aids these days are far more advanced than the ones your parents used. We can program them to address particular problems that only you may have.
If your tinnitus is causing a one-note sound, we program the hearing aids to emit a tinnitus masking sound that we program and set to drown out or “mask” the tinnitus noise in your ears. This gives your brain a chance to focus on the sounds you want to hear.
What Is The Next Step?
If you suspect that you or a loved one may be exhibiting any of these symptoms, then please contact us as soon as you can. Our team is standing by and ready to help get your hearing back to a healthy state.
You can also schedule your hearing assessment right here.
We are always available to answer your question over the phone in a friendly and obligation-free setting. Your hearing is vital to us, and we want to make sure that you and everyone in Central Florida are taken care of professionally.