Tinnitus Evaluation & Treatment
Many people experience noises (especially ringing) in the ears. For some, this tinnitus can interfere with sleep, relaxation and concentration, becoming a source of annoyance and anxiety. In very rare instances, tinnitus may be associated with a disease that demands medical attention. In the majority of cases, however, the cause is unknown.
If you have tinnitus that bothers you, discuss it with your physician. Your physician will first try to identify any underlying treatable conditions that may be associated with your symptoms. For further evaluation of your tinnitus, your physician may refer you to an audiologist. Once completed, various options for treatment will be discussed.
There are many different approaches to treating tinnitus. These include:
- Tinnitus Retraining Therapy – use of sound generators and counseling techniques which assist with the habituation of tinnitus
- Noise suppression – In some cases “white noise” may help suppress the sound so that it’s less bothersome
- Hearing aids – This can be especially helpful if you have hearing problems as well as tinnitus
- Other remedies – such as managing stress, reducing alcohol intake, avoiding possible irritants, alternative methods including counseling, support groups, and education