If you notice a ringing, buzzing or whooshing sound in your ear, you may be experiencing tinnitus. This condition can be bothersome and typically presents as a symptom of another underlying condition, such as hearing loss. The exact causes of tinnitus are not completely understood, but are likely brought on by the degeneration of components in the ear, including the tiny hairs that transmit sound through the cochlea.
At Rametta Audiology & Hearing Aid Center, we understand how tinnitus can impact your everyday activities. That’s why we offer a suite of different treatment options to provide you the relief you deserve.
Treatments for tinnitus
Unless caused by an external source, tinnitus cannot actually be cured; however, relief can be provided with different treatment options. Some instances of temporary tinnitus occur due to an earwax impaction or because of medication. If our audiologist determines this is what is causing your tinnitus, additional steps can be taken to alleviate your condition. However, if your tinnitus is due to something else, you can find relief with one of the following methods we offer:
- Hearing aids: Whether or not you have hearing loss, hearing aids can actually be beneficial when treating tinnitus. These devices can be equipped with masking features that will help you block out the tinnitus noise you hear. If you do happen to have hearing loss, addressing this decline can often reduce tinnitus sounds, in addition to utilizing masking features, as well.
- Sound machines: Another option for individuals with mild tinnitus symptoms is a sound machine. These devices can be used during the day or at night and will help provide a steady white-noise stream to override the buzzing or ringing you are hearing. If your tinnitus is intermittent or typically experienced when trying to sleep, a sound machine can generate the white noise you need to block out tinnitus and get a good night’s rest.
- Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT): Another common treatment for tinnitus is TRT. This therapy is typically used with other forms of treatment, like hearing aids, and works to retrain the brain on how we acknowledge and process tinnitus. TRT teaches you to ignore the tinnitus sounds you hear and focus on the way you react to it. Because tinnitus can be aggravated by stress and anxiety, learning the proper channels to distribute your emotional reaction can help reduce or manage sounds.
If you’re looking for the best treatment possible for your tinnitus, talk more with our audiologist. We have the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate the severity of your condition and recommend the relief you deserve.