Tinnitus FAQs | Albuquerque NM | Rio Rancho NM

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Tinnitus Frequently Asked Questions

What is Tinnitus?

What is Tinnitus?

According to the American Tinnitus Association, tinnitus is the medical term for the perception of sound in one or both ears or in the head when no external sound is present.

Tinnitus is usually described as a ringing noise, but some patients report hearing a buzzing, hissing, screaming, humming, or whistling sound, or a ticking, clicking, roaring, “crickets” or “locusts,” tunes, songs, or beeping. Tinnitus can be intermittent or it can be continuous. When tinnitus is continuous it can create distress in the sufferer.

Tinnitus is not a disease but a symptom. It can be caused by ear infections, foreign objects or wax in the ear, or excessive exposure to loud sounds. Tinnitus is also a side-effect of many medications, such as aspirin or some antibiotics. In many cases, however, no underlying physical cause can be identified.

Even though there is no correlation between tinnitus and hearing loss, many people with tinnitus also have hearing loss. They often identify their tinnitus pitch in the pitch range of their hearing loss.

What is Hyperacusis?

What is Hyperacusis?

Hyperacusis is a symptom of a malfunction in the auditory system. Normal sounds seem amplified, as if someone has turned up the volume of the ear. People find soft sounds to be acceptable in an ordinary way, but medium loud or slightly louder sounds are perceived to be very loud and uncomfortable!

The most common causes of hyperacusis are acoustic trauma, such as air bag explosions or gun shots, or head injury, such as whiplash or falls, or as the result of taking certain medications or combinations of medications. The true mechanism of hyperacusis is yet unknown, but many research projects are underway to try to discover these important details.

Is There a Cure for Tinnitus?

Is There a Cure for Tinnitus?

At this time, there is no cure for tinnitus, but there is treatment. The word “cure” is typically used in conjunction with illness or sickness; tinnitus is neither an illness nor sickness, rather it is a symptom. Therefore, there is not a cure. But there is definitely much that can be done to reduce the perception of tinnitus and manage the negative effects it often has on your life. Our audiologists are specifically trained in providing tinnitus services and are able to determine the method that is appropriate for you.

What Causes Tinnitus?

What Causes Tinnitus?

In many patients, it is difficult to determine the cause of the tinnitus. Some of the underlying medical conditions which have been reported to cause tinnitus are Meniere’s disease, diabetes, hypertension, TMJ, vascular issues, drug induced, ear disease, tumors, cardiovascular disease, hearing loss and post surgical.

Some of the non-medical underlying conditions reported are noise induced, head trauma, barotraumas, stress induced, whiplash and substance induced such as alcohol, nicotine or food.