What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is the sensation of hearing ringing, buzzing, hissing, chirping, whistling or other sounds. The noise can be constant or pulsing and can vary in volume. It is often worse when background noise is low, so you may be most aware of it at night when trying to fall asleep in a quiet room. In rare cases, the sound beats in sync with your heart. This is called pulsatile tinnitus.
Most patients see this as a simple annoyance and do not realize that it can cause lack of sleep and a concentration. Nor do they think it is something that should be treated and that it will disappear on its own. If you have hearing difficulty or you hear a ringing, you should get it checked out before it causes further problems.
How Can World of Hearing Treat Tinnitus?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for tinnitus, but there are plenty of treatments that we offer at World of Hearing in Hallandale Beach. Every treatment option begins with a general physical exam to help determine where the tinnitus is developing and how it started. Treating the condition that is causing the tinnitus is the first step. If that is unfruitful or if it was caused by loud noises, we have many different non-medical treatment options that will assist in treating the tinnitus.
Sometimes, tinnitus goes away on its own spontaneously and without any treatment, but this is not a common occurrence and you should get the problem checked out as soon as possible to help prevent further complications.
Here are the many ways that World of Hearing can help treat your tinnitus, including:
- Hearing Aids
- Masking devices
- Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Dental treatment
- Cochlear implants
Can I Prevent Tinnitus?
Using hearing protection is the greatest prevention and intervention tool towards not getting tinnitus. Exposure to loud noises greatly increases your chances of developing tinnitus. If you work in an environment with noises so loud that you cannot carry on normal conversations, you should be wearing earplugs or move away from the source of the noise.