Are You Experiencing Ringing in the Ears? It Could Be Tinnitus

People that suffer from tinnitus typically describe it as a ringing or buzzing in the ears, and sufferers hear the noise even when there is no external source causing it. Tinnitus is fairly common, with between 10% and 15% of the US population believed to be affected, and is actually a symptom rather than a disease. It can be caused by an underlying condition or something as simple as an ear canal blocked by ear wax.


Common Signs of Tinnitus

Are you experiencing buzzing, ringing, or humming in your ears? If so, you might be suffering from tinnitus. Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing a sound that is not actually present in the outside world.


What Are The Causes?

Tinnitus can be caused by many things, including, but not limited to

Unfortunately, it can also be a symptom of a serious underlying health condition. For that reason, if you think you may be suffering from tinnitus, it’s important to contact your doctor, especially if the ringing began suddenly and without cause.


When to Consult a Doctor


Tinnitus affects people differently – both in sound and severity. So, while some people are able to ignore a light ringing or put up with it without too much stress, others can be severely affected by a loud ringing that makes them lose sleep and causes distress and anxiety.

In either case, you should make an appointment with an audiologist. They’ll take a look into your ears and see if there is something like ear wax blocking the ear canal. They will also be able to look at your current health, medications, and medical history as well as ask other relevant questions pertaining to your tinnitus.

Regrettably, the exact cause of tinnitus is often hard to pinpoint. Patients that reach out to hearing experts like Audiology on Call will gain a further understanding of their hearing and receive help with managing tinnitus and other hearing-related issues.


How to Find ReliefTinnitus

Treatment or management of tinnitus will depend on what is causing it in the first place. Most commonly, it is caused by some degree of hearing loss which can be helped with the use of hearing aids. Studies have shown that 60% of hearing aid wearers experience relief with their tinnitus from wearing hearing aids alone.

When you schedule an appointment with Audiology on Call, we will visit you wherever is most convenient and professionally calibrate the hearing aids to properly fit your specific hearing needs.

Some other options that also prove helpful for people dealing with tinnitus are:

  • Sound generators – These tools are designed to generate background noises such as white noise, rainfall, ocean waves, and more. Whether it’s a wearable device resembling hearing aids or earbuds or it’s a tabletop device that sits somewhere like a nightstand, sound generators often help users concentrate better and sleep easier.
  • Counseling – A counselor or counseling program experienced in helping with hearing-related issues like tinnitus can help you better understand the issue you’re facing. They can help you cope with tinnitus in various ways, including tips for redirecting your attention away from the ringing and changing the way you perceive or react to it.
  • Medications – Speak with your doctor about your tinnitus and how it’s impacting your life. They may decide that certain antidepressant or antianxiety medications could improve your experience.

While over-the-counter medication remedies for tinnitus are plentiful at drugstores and online, we advise skipping them as research has yet to show any proven effectiveness.


Let an Audiology on Call Specialist Diagnose and Manage Your Tinnitus

hearing-better-audiology-on-callAudiology on Call is a mobile audiological service that operates within the Metro Atlanta area. Scheduling an appointment with us allows you to receive the same high-quality care and safety as an in-office visit without having to leave the comfort of your home. One of our courteous, knowledgeable, and experienced specialists will travel to your home, office, or place of work to deliver the most convenient healthcare in Georgia.

Schedule your appointment today by giving us a call at (833) 244-3275 or by filling out the contact form on our website. From hearing assessments to tinnitus management and many conditions in between, our professionals look forward to helping you and pairing you with solutions that will improve your hearing and your quality of life.



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