Tinnitus

Tinnitus (TIN-ih-tus) is the ringing, buzzing, or other noise in your ears, even when there is no sound in the environment. It is estimated that over 50 million Americans perceive these noises. A common cause of Tinnitus is exposure to loud sounds, like gunshots or machinery, which can cause damage to the inner ear. It has also been associated with ear infections, high blood pressure and even excess wax. Many people who have Tinnitus also experience some degree of hearing loss.

If you have Tinnitus, you should be evaluated to determine your options for managing it. You may have been told in the past that you simply “have to learn to live with it”. Hearing that can be discouraging. In fact, there are now several good options for managing Tinnitus. Everything from simply using specific CD’s at times, to hearing aids, to sophisticated programmed sound therapy devices are available to help. Sometimes even just a better understanding of the internal mechanism of Tinnitus can reduce the stress associated with it and allow you to better cope with the sounds. The first step is a thorough hearing evaluation to determine if there is a relationship between your hearing and Tinnitus. Below is an inventory questionaire to help you determine the severity of your tinnitus. Click here for frequently asked questions about tinnitus.

1. Tinnitus often makes it hard for me to concentrate.
Yes
No

2. I have trouble sleeping more than 2 nights a week because of tinnitus.
Yes
No

3. I find myself more irritable with those around me because I am frustrated by the ringing in my ears.
Yes
No

4. I avoid social situations because the increased noise and activity worsens my tinnitus.
Yes
No

5. Tinnitus makes it hard for me to relax.
Yes
No

6. Tinnitus causes me to feel frustrated.
Yes
No

7. I feel like I have no control over my tinnitus.
Yes
No

8. I feel more angry, anxious or irritable than I did before I suffered from tinnitus.
Yes
No

9. Tinnitus interferes with my job or household responsibilities.
Yes
No

10. I feel like I can’t find any relief from tinnitus.
Yes
No

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If you scored less than 80% please call our office to schedule a tinnitus evaluation today. 814-867-4327

Or use our online appointment request tool.

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