Tinnitus Evaluations and Treatment

tinnitus

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a medical condition characterized by persistent noises in one or both ears that can only be heard by the affected individual.  It can take the form of ringing, buzzing, hissing, whooshing, or pulsing in the ear.  It can occur periodically or constantly, and the effects range from slight annoyance to severe disruptions of daily life.

What causes tinnitus?

While the exact physiological cause of tinnitus is still not known, there are several likely sources which can trigger or worsen tinnitus, including but not limited to: hearing loss, noise exposure, head and neck trauma, certain types of tumors, cardiovascular disease, ototoxicity, hypo- or hyperthyroidism, high or low blood pressure, and more.

How do you evaluate tinnitus?

We perform comprehensive tinnitus evaluations that include pitch matching, minimum masking levels, loudness discomfort levels, and residual inhibition.  This, in conjunction with the hearing evaluation, supplemental testing, and medical evaluation by Dr. Holmes, helps determine the best plan of action to maximize relief.

How do you treat tinnitus?

Due to the personal and unique nature of tinnitus, treatment is determined on a case by case basis.  Although there isn’t a single cure for tinnitus, our team works with you to determine the best course of action to maximize your outcomes.  Dr. Holmes will work with you on any relevant medical treatments, and our team of audiologists offers a variety of tinnitus management solutions.  If you or someone you know is suffering from tinnitus, make an appointment with our team today.