Tinnitus Management

Hearing health services

Otherwise known as “ringing in the ears,” tinnitus is the sensation of hearing a persistent sound when there is no source of that sound nearby.

That sound can take a number of forms: ringing, hissing, buzzing, roaring, even whooshing.
It isn’t a medical condition, per se, but it is a sign that there is a problem elsewhere.

Tinnitus can result from:

  • Onset of sensorineural hearing loss, in which hair cells of the inner ear begin to die
  • Trauma to the head that damages hair cells, causing them to send “phantom” signals
  • Inner ear damage caused by exposure to loud noises
  • Stress and even certain medications

You’re probably experiencing some mild tinnitus, such as the lingering sound one seems to hear after a loud concert or sporting event; that sort of tinnitus tends to resolve itself after giving the ears a period of rest. But more serious tinnitus, caused by injury or long-term exposure to loud noises can remain constant.

In those cases, the only solution is management of the tinnitus. That can be done in several ways:

  • Devices that mask the tinnitus sound with another, less distracting sound (e.g., white noise)
  • Hearing aids that, by enhancing the sound of your natural environment, effectively drown out the tinnitus
  • Behavioral therapy and, in some cases, medicine

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