What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is commonly described as a ringing in the ears, but it also can sound like roaring, clicking, hissing, or buzzing. It may be soft or loud, high pitched or low pitched. You might hear it in either one or both ears. Roughly 10 percent of the adult population of the United States has experienced tinnitus lasting at least five minutes in the past year. This amounts to nearly 25 million Americans.
Tinnitus is not a disease. It is a symptom that something is wrong in the auditory system, which includes the ear, the auditory nerve that connects the inner ear to the brain, and the parts of the brain that process sound.
Causes of Tinnitus
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
Ear and Sinus Infections
Hormonal Changes in Women
Are There Treatments for Tinnitus?
Sound therapy has, through research, proven to be the most commonly effective treatment of tinnitus. In many cases, tinnitus is a result of the brain attempting to compensate for sounds it is being deprived of. Sound therapy gently replaces those sounds, reducing
The Levo System
The Levo System, an FDA-cleared medical device, is designed to be used while sleeping. Flex fit earbuds, designed for comfort during sleep, allow for optimal positioning and controlled delivery of sound therapy. Research shows the brain learns to “ignore” the tinnitus sound, thereby improving a patient’s quality of life.
The Neuromonics Oasis, a non-invasive, compact, lightweight device uses music programmed for each patient’s individual audiological profile – to deliver a neural stimulus that targets the brain’s auditory pathways. Targeting the neurological processes of tinnitus: its audiological, attention-based and emotional aspects.
Counseling helps you learn how to cope with your tinnitus. Most counseling programs have an educational component to help you understand what goes on in the brain to cause tinnitus. Some counseling programs also will help you change the way you think about and react to your tinnitus.