Ringing in your ears can be a reminder of a fun night at a concert. It can also be a chronic problem that causes aggravation and difficulty navigating everyday social interactions. For some people, the ringing is constant and encompassing. For others, it can come and go, or even exist in just one ear. What makes this most difficult for some people is that it can even seem to drown out everyday sounds.
At NYHD, we understand that ringing in your ears can be an obstacle in achieving the quality of life you want. It can cause emotional turmoil, disrupting your work, social life, and sleep. When you can’t get the rest you need, it can have a large impact on your overall health and wellbeing. The most important thing to remember is that you don’t have to live with it. Our Doctors of Audiology have over two decades of experience working in the world of tinnitus. We understand how to properly evaluate tinnitus have deep knowledge of the methods and technologies available to manage it.
Tinnitus is a common symptom where you perceive sound in your ears or head, even when there’s no external sound causing it. This is often perceived as a ringing or buzzing sound that can have a range of loudness or pitch. It can also come and go at different times or environments. There are many different causes of tinnitus, from hearing loss to health concerns like nervous system disorders, inner ear disorders, TMJ and cervical spine contributions, and head injury or concussion. Tinnitus can be assessed by a Doctor of Audiology. While there’s no cure for tinnitus, you can use time-tested and clinically-verified therapies, technologies, and lifestyle changes to find relief.
Some people can live with tinnitus because it’s only a minor annoyance. For people who experience more significant tinnitus, it can affect their quality of life and ability to focus and sleep. In the long-term, tinnitus-sufferers can experience anxiety and depression because of the constant sound. This emotional turmoil can also exacerbate tinnitus.
If you experience chronic ringing, it’s important to seek out treatment because it can be a symptom of other medical problems. Tinnitus has been linked to certain lifestyle choices like alcohol use, smoking, poor diet, and caffeine. In turn, tinnitus can also be associated with things like Meniere’s Disease, circulatory concerns, allergies, diabetes, and thyroid conditions. If you consider professionally treating your tinnitus, we can explore your greater health history and any concerns that might be present.
To make sure your assessment and treatment are as accurate as they can be, it’s helpful to be able to describe your tinnitus to your Doctor of Audiology. We recommend that you write down some factors like when you experience it, when it’s loudest, how long it’s been happening, whether it changes, and any other descriptors or factors you can think of. We’ll ask more questions before beginning the assessment so we can get the best idea of your experience with tinnitus. It’s also important to discuss your medical history and your family’s since health concerns can cause your tinnitus. Then, we’ll inspect your ears and perform a number of standard hearing tests.
We can also perform tests that are specific to tinnitus. These include tests to match the pitch and loudness of the sound you’re experiencing since this can give us a better understanding of your symptoms and possible causes. These tests are perfectly painless and can be performed at our comfortable, private office. In addition to these varied hearing tests, we also spend time understanding the emotional and psychological factors in your life that may be contributing to the level of awareness of your tinnitus.
Your management options for tinnitus will depend on things like its severity, its cause, and your lifestyle. We can recommend your best options from a variety of treatment options like hearing aids or various options for calculated sound therapy. We also use a multidisciplinary approach, including psychologists who can help manage the emotional triggers of tinnitus. Additionally, we can also recommend lifestyle changes (in collaboration with your physician) like avoiding certain medications, taking certain medications, or removing obstructions like earwax from your ears.
In many cases, treating your tinnitus can be a long-term undertaking. That’s okay— our Doctors of Audiology can help you through every step of finding the right solutions for you.
Tinnitus can be extremely difficult to live with, especially when it seems like nothing helps. With a professional tinnitus assessment, we can create a customized treatment plan for you and your lifestyle. Your first step is scheduling a consultation with our Doctors of Audiology who can talk about your symptoms and perform tests to establish the right solutions for your tinnitus. To schedule a consultation, contact our New York City office by calling (212) 774-1971 or filling out our online form.