How Do Audiologists Treat Tinnitus
Do you ever hear a persistent ringing in one or both of your ears that just doesn’t seem to go away? Does it sound deafening in quiet rooms and dull your hearing in noisier environments? Do you ask your friends what that ringing sound is only to see them just stare blankly back at you? Don’t worry; you’re not going crazy. Nor are you alone. The condition that you’re experiencing is known as tinnitus and it’s currently experienced by around 50 million Americans in one or both ears, with one out of five considering the condition bad enough to seek medical treatment.
If you’ve lived with tinnitus, you know how irritating, distracting and eventually debilitating this condition can be. At best it can be an annoyance and at worst it can prevent you from enjoying a quiet, relaxing moment and even stop you from sleeping at night.
The good news is that you don’t need to suffer in silence. Whatever the extent of your tinnitus, an audiologist can help you to be free of this tedious curse.
Treating the symptom by treating the problem
While tinnitus can be difficult to live with, it is a symptom of an underlying problem rather than the problem itself. There are a variety of underlying causes and an audiologist will work to determine which of these affects you in order to give you effective treatment. Some of the most common causes include:
- Meniere’s disease
- Age-related hearing loss
- Earwax buildup
- Persistent exposure to loud noises
- Head and neck injuries
- Benign tumors on the cranial nerve
So, how can an audiologist help?
An audiologist will conduct a series of tests to help them to identify the underlying condition that is causing your tinnitus. In order to do this, they will first look closely at your medical and family history, looking for any past trauma, injury or genetic history that may contribute towards the condition which is causing your tinnitus.
In most cases, they will also carry out a series of tests in which they will check your ear canal, test middle ear function and determine the quality of your hearing. Very often, tinnitus is a symptom of hearing loss. In these cases, an audiologist will be able to provide treatment, commonly in the form of hearing aids.
Getting the treatment you need
After they have tested your hearing and examined your middle ear, as well as perusing your medical history, an audiologist will likely know enough to be able to prescribe a solution.
Very often, the best cure for tinnitus is the use of a hearing aid, which can address hearing loss and utilize a tinnitus-masking feature. Improving your hearing may treat your tinnitus, however, the masking feature will work even if your hearing hasn’t declined.
With the help of an audiologist, you can usher in a new era of uninterrupted sleep and quiet solitude without being plagued by that annoying ringing.