What's that ringing in your ear? It could be tinnitus. According to the American Tinnitus Association, over 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus. In mild cases, it sounds like an annoying ring, buzz or whistle. In severe cases, it can cause depression, anxiety, and even suicidal thoughts.
Tinnitus can be caused by exposure to loud sounds, head injuries, blood circulation problems—even accumulated ear wax. It's also a known side effect of more than 200 prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
Tinnitus isn't a case of hearing loss; rather it's an underlying symptom of another issue. Although there is no cure for tinnitus, there are several methods for relief that a Sonus® Hearing Care Professional can review with you:
They look like hearing aids but produce sounds intended to divert your attention away from tinnitus.
TRT helps their brain learn to ignore tinnitus. Using a device similar to a masker that produces a very soft sound, they learn to not focus on their tinnitus. After a period of time, they’re able to gradually curtail their use of the device.
Some prescription drugs have been shown to provide relief from tinnitus.
Some other successful options in treating tinnitus include dental treatment of jawbone problems, stress reduction exercises, biofeedback, allergy control and alternative medicine. In many cases, hearing aids can help combat tinnitus by helping your loved one focus on sounds they want to hear.