We educate our patients about the effects of hearing loss.
Hearing Care at Lawson’s Hearing Center
Hearing and Your Health
What is Tinnitus?
- Tinnitus (ringing/buzzing in the ears) affects 10% of Americans on a regular basis.
- 25 million Americans have reported having had tinnitus for five or more continuous minutes in the past year.
- Roughly 90% of tinnitus cases occur with an underlying hearing loss.
- 16 million people seek medical attention for tinnitus.
What Causes Tinnitus and What Cures It?
Although the cause of tinnitus is still unknown, studies have suggested that it worsens with stress. The more stress present in someone’s life, the greater the potential to experience tinnitus. We also know from research and practice that the more severe someone’s hearing loss is, the worse the tinnitus can be. There is no cure for tinnitus, but we will help you determine the best methods for managing it.
How Do I Manage It?
The best way to manage tinnitus is to manage the exposure to stress in your life. One way to reduce stress is by seeking help for the hearing loss that is correlated in about 90% of all tinnitus cases. Hearing aids can reduce stress by giving the brain the information it needs to make sense of sound and reduce the effort it takes to focus and interpret sound correctly. Hearing aids can potentially provide relief for tinnitus. In research and practice, statistics support that hearing aids have management technology and features to relieve tinnitus. By decreasing the cognitive load (effort) on the brain, this can potentially provide tinnitus relief. Furthermore, clinical evidence shows that the use of hearing aids in tinnitus patients provides two benefits: it makes the patient less aware of the tinnitus and it improves communication by reducing the annoying sensation when sounds and voices are masked by the tinnitus.
There are many hearing aids available today that offer tinnitus relief settings or programs that will mask the annoying ringing in your ears. Ask us about the hearing aids we have and how they could help you experience relief.
Other Ear Conditions
In addition to hearing loss, other abnormal conditions of the ear consist of:
- Perforation of Tympanic Membrane (Eardrum)
- Cholesteatoma (cyst)
- Drainage or bleeding
- Dark, impacted wax
- Cloudy or yellow colored Tympanic Membrane (Eardrum)
- Prolapsed (closed) ear canal
If you suspect or experience any of these conditions, consult your family physician or an Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist.