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Tinnitus Overview


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Tinnitus, commonly referred to as simply a ‘ringing in the ears’, is actually a very complex condition that can take many forms and be caused by many different things. In fact, tinnitus may not sound like a ringing at all, but instead a beeping, buzzing, whining, hissing, or more. It doesn’t even have to be consistent, as many cases have been known to come and go.

Some may think of tinnitus as a disease, but it’s actually a symptom of another condition that the sufferer may not even be aware of, such as wax buildup in the ears, ear infections, medication side effects, foreign objects in the ear, and hearing loss. The most frequent cause, however, is chronic exposure to loud noises, but even a short exposure to a very loud noise can do it.

While many people with tinnitus also have some form of hearing loss, tinnitus isn’t strictly limited to those with difficulty hearing. Due to the wide variety of causes linked to tinnitus, nearly anyone can develop it, at any age.

Tinnitus is best described as a sound of any variety present in the ears when no sound is present outside, which is why it’s most often noticed when going to sleep, reading a book, or doing some other relaxing activity.

For those who have any variety of it, tinnitus can be a source of significant anxiety or discomfort. Frequently, it causes irritability, depression, and frustration because sufferers aren’t aware that there are treatment options that can help.

When the cause is something simple like wax buildup, with a quick procedure and regular maintenance, the problem can be solved immediately, but sometimes the cause is less clear. In those cases, there are many supposed ‘cures’, but few of them actually work. That’s why Hearing and Balance Institute of the Rockies, Inc. only offers FDA approved and clinically proven treatment options.  All of our treatment options are non-invasive and require no medications.

The most important part of a seeking treatment for tinnitus is working with a Doctor of Audiology to determine the cause of your condition.  Without knowing the cause, it’s impossible to treat the symptom. No matter how good the treatment is, it won’t work unless it’s right for you. That’s why we believe in treating the patient, and not just the condition.