Ringing, buzzing, crickets, roaring; those sounds you hear in your ears when no outside sound is present, especially at night! About 14 million people in the United States experience tinnitus.
Causes of tinnitus are many and varied; including high blood pressure, noise exposure, certain medications (including high levels of aspirin), Ménière’s disease, physical injury, and even impacted earwax.
Tinnitus treatment should include a comprehensive diagnostic audiologic evaluation to identify the presence of any hearing loss, including the configuration and degree of hearing loss to help identify the cause of the tinnitus. Often, understanding the reason for the tinnitus helps reduce the anxiety associated with it.
Managing tinnitus may include lowering intake of caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol; minimizing noise exposure through the use of avoidance and or hearing protection, and moderate amounts of exercise.
Other treatments available include the use of hearing aids where appropriate, cognitive behavioral therapy or the use of sound generating devices either at ear level or through a sound machine.
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