Learn about the causes of tinnitus & treatment options including the new technology.
What Is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a medical condition characterized by persistent ringing in one or both ears that can only be heard by the affected individual. It has also been described as whistling, hissing, buzzing, or pulsing in the ear. These sounds may come and go; however, most sufferers experience symptoms 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The effects range from slight annoyance to severe disruption of everyday life. The American Tinnitus Association estimates that more than 60 million Americans suffer from tinnitus.
What Causes Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is most often a symptom of an underlying health condition, like a head or neck injury, ear infections, impacted earwax, or even side effects from certain medications or exposure to excessive noise. Tinnitus is also a common side effect of hearing loss, with measurable hearing loss reported in over 80% of tinnitus sufferers.
Tinnitus Treatment Options
Becuase of the personal and unique nature of each tinnitus condition, proper evaluation and specialized treatment is necessary. Although there isn’t a single cure for tinnitus, Worth Hearing Center audiologists are experienced at providing individual solutions on a case-by-case basis. After completing a hearing test, your audiologist may refer you to an otolaryngologist for further examination.
Widex ZEN and Widex ZEN2GO are tinnitus relief solutions provided by
Widex. Widex ZEN is a program that is integrated in all of
Widex’s newest hearing aids designed to service those with tinnitus
in order to manage it and continue living fulfilling lives. Widex ZEN2GO is that very hearing aid designed to administer tinnitus therapy as an all-in-one, independent hearing device.
Starkey’s Muse hearing aids are packed with features to benefit
individuals suffering from tinnitus with Advanced Mulitflex Tinnitus
Technology that can be tailored to provide the best relief. Starkey Muse
hearing aids are also rechargeable. Not to mention consistent wireless
media streaming capabilities with the SurfLink Mobile 2 cellphone
transmitter and other Surflink accessories.
Other Treatment Options
Our professionals will also evaluate other treatment options with you, including Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT). Tinnitus Retraining Therapy combines low-level, steady background sounds played through a device with intensive counseling. TRT is an involved process that can take 12 to 24 months to reduce the effects of tinnitus.