Tinnitus is commonly described as a ringing in the ears, but it also can sound like a roaring, clicking, hissing, or buzzing sound. These sounds are perceived by the patient, but are not related to any external source. They can be heard in either one or both ears, and can be constant or intermittent. Experts estimate that over 20 million Americans experience tinnitus at any given time, and unfortunately, many of these sufferers are not aware that relief is possible.
Tinnitus is a symptom signaling that something is wrong within the ear, the auditory nerve that connects the inner ear to the brain, and/or the parts of the brain that process sound. Even a piece of earwax blocking the ear canal can cause tinnitus. It can also be the result of a number of health conditions, such as certain types of hearing loss, ear and sinus infections, diseases of the heart or blood vessels, Meniere’s disease, brain tumors, hormonal changes in women, or thyroid abnormalities.
While the cause of tinnitus remains elusive, many innovative approaches to managing it have been developed in recent years. This is good news, as living with tinnitus is rarely easy. Many sufferers report having trouble sleeping and focusing, while others report heightened levels of stress as a result.
At Kitsap Audiology, we understand how hard living with tinnitus can be. We take the time to thoroughly assess the degree and nature of your unique experience of tinnitus, and then review your options for finding the relief you’ve been waiting for.
Contact us today to learn about how you can find relief.