Tinnitus — the ringing, buzzing sensation in your ears.

What is Tinnitus?

Though the common misconception about tinnitus is that it’s a disease, tinnitus is actually a medical condition characterized by persistent ringing in one or both ears that can only be heard by the affected individual.

Many who suffer from tinnitus describe the annoying sound as ringing in the ear, but a whistling, hissing, buzzing, or pulsing sound is also possible. For some, these sounds come and go. But most are not that lucky, and will experience symptoms 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

These phantom sounds may cause only a slight annoyance, or they may severely disrupt everyday life. The American Tinnitus Association estimates more than 50 million Americans suffer from at least occasional bouts of tinnitus.

Loud noises can be a cause of tinnitus
Exposure to loud noise
Some medications can be a cause of tinnitus
Certain medications
Diet can be a cause of tinnitus
Head Trauma can be a cause of tinnitus
Head trauma
Stress can be a cause of tinnitus
Blockage can be a cause of tinnitus
Eardrum blockage
Jaw joint disorders can be a cause of tinnitus
Jaw joint disorders
Hearing Loss can be a cause of tinnitus
Hearing loss

What Causes Tinnitus?

There are a number of causes, with the most common being exposure to loud noise for a prolonged period of time. In this case, your hearing may be temporarily or permanently damaged, depending upon the severity of the sound.

We can’t always tell whether your temporary damage will become permanent, but tinnitus is usually representative of an inner-ear problem. Tinnitus research is ongoing, and the mechanisms that cause tinnitus in the brain and inner ear are being more closely studied.

In rare cases, tinnitus may be caused by a blood vessel disorder, resulting in pulsatile tinnitus. This type of tinnitus may be caused by a head or neck tumor, a buildup of cholesterol in the circulatory system, high blood pressure, turbulent blood flow, or malformation of the capillaries surrounding the ear. The result is a tinnitus that sends out pulsing signals in conjunction with the flow of your heartbeat.

Is There a Cure?

There is currently no cure for tinnitus. We will work with you to identify potential causes for your specific symptoms, and there may be a way to reduce the impact of tinnitus on your daily life. In some instances, changes to your diet or medications may help with your symptoms. Relaxation methods, such as meditation, can also help alleviate the constant ringing in your ears.

What Are the Treatment Options for Tinnitus?

Diagnostic testing and an evaluation by an otologist will rule out possible medical factors that could be causing or contributing to your tinnitus. Because your tinnitus symptoms are personal and unique in nature, an in-depth evaluation will help us create a specialized treatment plan for you.

Although there isn’t a single cure for tinnitus, our hearing care providers have the knowledge and experience to provide you with treatment methods that can help lessen the impact that tinnitus has on your life. In many cases, the distressing combination of tinnitus and hearing loss can be relieved with AGX Hearing technology.

The No. 1 treatment for tinnitus for those who also experience hearing loss is the use of a personal hearing system, which can improve your hearing and often reduce or eliminate your perception of tinnitus. There are a number of treatment options, including:


AGX® Hearing Technology:

The top treatment for those who experience hearing loss, which can both improve overall hearing ability and eliminate the perception of ringing.



An electronic device called a masker may be worn to distract from the ringing sensation. Maskers fit in the ear similarly to hearing aids and produce low-level sounds. In addition, bedside sound generators and other devices can also help remove the perception of ringing.


Tinnitus Retraining Therapy:

A therapeutic process in which we specialize, and has given relief to many of our patients. Our process is a combination of sound therapy and counseling, which alters the brain’s neural signals and weakens the perception of tinnitus, allowing you to live your daily life far more peacefully.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:

A type of counseling that helps to change the body’s emotional reaction to tinnitus by altering negative thought patterns and helping to relieve stress.

How Can You Keep Your Tinnitus From Worsening?

Tinnitus can be successfully managed, making it important to seek the help of a professional — especially if symptoms interfere with your daily activities or the ability to think, focus, hear, or simply enjoy life.

You can also take some DIY steps that may help keep your tinnitus from getting worse:

  • Reduce excess noise, which goes hand in hand with hearing loss and tinnitus
  • Wear hearing protection to reduce exposure to loud sounds
  • Lower the volume when streaming audio to headphones, earphones, or earbuds
  • Limit smoking and alcohol use, which is associated with higher risk of tinnitus
  • Practice meditation, which may help soothe symptoms
  • Avoid silence by having something you find relaxing and pleasant to listen to in the background

Ready to Start Your Journey to Tinnitus Relief?

Dr. Jerry is is a member of the American Tinnitus Association.

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