Tinnitus and Hearing Instruments
What is tinnitus? Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no actual sound is present. It may be heard in the ear or in the head. It is often referred to as “ringing in the ears”; Howver people perceive many types of sound including buzzing, hissing, whistling, whooshing, clicking, or even music. Tinnnitus can be an acute (temporary) or chronic (ongoing) problem.
Milions of Americans experience tinnitus, making it one of the most common health conditions in the country. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that nearly 15% of the general public – over 50 million Americans – experience some form of tinnitus. Roughly 20 million people struggle with burdensome chronic tinnitus while 2 million have extreme and debilitating cases.
I received my Tinnitus Care Provider Certification in 2018. I have helped people with tinnitus issues for 43 years. I have had tinnitus for as long as I can remember. Can we cure tinnitus? Sometimes. Can we learn to manage tinnitus? Almost Always!
Hearing instruments are one of the most successful solutions for tinnitus. Many people who have tinnitus also have hearing loss. The hearing aids often mask tinnitus and that is enough to mitigate the problem. A tinnitus masker is another way to combat tinnitus. Oticon has developed one of the most successful tinnitus maskers on the market. They offer a number of sound choices and with the aid of a cell phone, you the user, can control and choose the solution that works best for you in that moment.
If you are bothered by tinnitus and would like to see if one of these options will work for you, give me a call. There are many treatment options and together we can help you live a more comfortable and productive life.