Do you hear this sound often, all the time, or periodically? Does the sound bother you and your family? Do you live in Boise or Eagle, ID? If you answer yes to these questions, you may have tinnitus (tin-NY-tus). Dr. Vore at Eagle Hearing is your hearing specialist for Boise and Eagle patients.
Ringing of the ears is a symptom associated with many forms of hearing loss. It can also be a symptom of other health problems. Roughly 25 million Americans have experienced ringing in the ears. Some cases are so severe that it interferes with their daily act
Many patients find listening to music very helpful. Focusing on music might help you forget about the ringing in your ears for a period of time. It can also help to mask the sound. Other people like to listen to recorded nature sounds, animals, or the ocean for instance.
Avoid anything that can make the ringing in your ears worse, such as smoking, alcohol, lack of sleep and loud environments. If you are regularly exposed to loud noise at home or at work, wear ear plugs or special earmuffs to protect your hearing and keep the rining in your ears from getting worse.
If it is hard for you to hear over the ringing, ask other people to face you when they talk so you can see their faces. Viewing their expressions may help you understand them better. Ask people to speak louder and more clearly.
Most people with ringing of the ears have some degree of hearing loss. Hearing aids create a dual benefit of enhancing hearing and masking or covering up the tinnitus. The majority of patients with tinnitus receive partial or complete relief from their tinnitus with the use of hearing aids.
Tinnitus maskers are small electronic devices that look like hearing aids and are tuned to generate sound that masks or covers up the tinnitus. Like hearing aids, they may provide relief from the tinnitus, but will not enhance hearing and may interfere with understanding speech.
Medicine or Drug Therapy
Some hearing loss and ringing of the ears patients develop anxiety and other strong emotional responses to their tinnitus. Certain medicines may provide relief from these emotional reactions and provide some relief from the tinnitus.
People with sever ringing of the ears may experience anxiety, depression and other psychiatric problems. You may be referred to a psychiatrist or counselor as needed.
Learning how to relax is very helpful if the noise in your ears frustrates you. Stress makes the ringing in your ears seem worse. By relaxing, you have a chance to rest and better deal with the sound.
Schedule an appointment with an Dr. Vore, Eagle Audiologist to evaluate and discuss ringing in your ears and tinnitus.
440 E. State St. Ste 100
Eagle, ID 83616
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