Have you ever experienced ringing, buzzing or hissing in your ears? If so, you are not alone. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) reports that more than 25 million Americans experience this condition – known as tinnitus. The team at Audiology Associates of Georgia can identify and treat this condition and provide you relief.
According to the Hearing Health Foundation, about 90% of individuals who experience tinnitus also have hearing loss. For some, the brain compensates for hearing loss by turning up an “inner volume control” to amplify otherwise unnoticeable sounds. So, symptoms begin, often with a cycle of emotional distress.
In addition, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports that the condition increases steadily with age. It peaks between ages 60 to 69 years. However, symptoms vary widely. Unfortunately, there is no cure. Medicine cannot help. That is why our team focuses on supporting the brain as it makes sense of sound. Therefore, treatment options include:
If you would like to learn more about any of the strategies, our team of professionals have resources to help you. Call (770) 769-1805 to book an appointment.
Tinnitus makes it so an individual sometimes seems to hear "phantom" sounds. These perceptions are generated somewhere in the auditory pathways. Since they are not real, people sense them differently. Some experience ringing, buzzing, roaring, hissing or rushing. About 20% of adults are affected by the condition. It can interfere with your ability to hear, concentrate or sleep. If untreated, it may lead to sleep disorders, depression, anxiety, anger and other psychological effects.
Since it is not an illness, treatment aims to minimize the negative effects. For many, amplification effectively manages symptoms. According to the American Tinnitus Association, approximately 80% of patients report relief by using hearing aids. Most of all, sound therapy helps. Sometimes built into devices or via an app, they adjust sounds according to patient preference. As a result, patients experienced a reduction in the starkness of the tinnitus.