Tinnitus can be an issue for many of our patients. In fact, a ringing, hissing, buzzing, or other constant noise in a patient’s ears may be the reason they first come to our door. Some patients hear a “whooshing” sound, some may hear a humming noise in only one ear—but all of them simply want the noise to stop.
Tinnitus Can Cause Other Health Problems
While minor tinnitus can be annoying, some patients can suffer other complications due to the condition. If tinnitus goes untreated, it may lead to:
- Insomnia. Tinnitus may seem louder to the patient when there is low background noise. As a result, many patients have difficulty sleeping due to the persistent noise keeping them awake.
- Concentration problems. A persistent, low-level noise can be very distracting, and many people have difficulty concentrating as a result.
- Anxiety or irritability. As with any chronic condition, tinnitus can wear on a patient’s nerves. Seniors may become irritable or short-tempered, and may inadvertently push their friends or family members away.
- Depression. A senior living with tinnitus may become withdrawn, refuse to talk on the phone, or sink into a depression that eventually results into lack of ability to care for himself.
We Determine the Cause to Find a Lasting Solution for Your Tinnitus
The hearing specialists at Professional Hearing Care Center know that the key to treating your tinnitus lies in discovering the cause. Our testing can pinpoint the cause your tinnitus, allowing us to devise a solution that will stop the ringing in your ears once and for all.
The most common causes of tinnitus include:
- Hearing loss. Tinnitus may be an early warning sign of hearing loss, and is often the first symptom of hearing trouble for many seniors. If your tinnitus is caused by hearing loss, a hearing aid can significantly reduce the effects, allowing you to hear clearly and without distortion.
- Trauma. The majority of tinnitus patients have suffered extreme noise exposure, often resulting in noise-induced hearing loss. Even after the noise has been reduced, the tinnitus may continue due to damage in the inner ear.
- Wax buildup. While tinnitus often goes hand-in-hand with hearing loss, some sufferers may have tinnitus with no impairment in hearing. In many of these cases, the cause of tinnitus is excessive buildup of earwax. Our hearing care professionals can examine the inside of your ear and remove the wax, and perform tests to confirm that your tinnitus was caused by wax buildup, and suggest common treatments to prevent the condition from coming back.
- Illness. If a patient is experiencing tinnitus due to an infection, the condition may go away once the underlying cause has been treated. If there are lasting effects of tinnitus, patients may need hearing aids to compensate for the damage to the eardrum, or can benefit from a tinnitus masker (a sound device that plays a pleasant noise to “drown out” the ringing in the ears”).
We can help relieve the stress and anxiety of your tinnitus—and we can do it today! We welcome walk-ins at our location in Lakeland, Florida, making it easy for our patients to get help immediately. Complete our contact form to schedule an appointment.