Ringing in the ears, static noise, pulsing, the constant sounds of tinnitus is so irritating that some people suffer real debility. Most who have tinnitus suffer for years or decades without finding help is quieting the unrelenting noise in their heads. Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) physicians and audiologists specialize in hearing care for tinnitus patients.
What Exactly Is Tinnitus?
The word tinnitus is from Latin which means ringing. People experience tinnitus in differing ways. Some people have a steady tone, buzz, or whooshing sound. Pulsatile Tinnitus (PT) is not a steady tone or noise. It pulses like a heartbeat and sounds a lot like the song of crickets on a summer night. That might sound relaxing, but when you hear that same noise 24 hours a day, it can become irritating.
There are two main types of tinnitus. Nearly all cases, 99 percent, are subjective tinnitus. Subjective tinnitus means only the person affected by tinnitus can hear the sounds. In rare cases, objective tinnitus is not only heard by the patient but the examiner as well.
Causes of Tinnitus
There are a variety of causes for the disorder. There may be vascular disorders near the eardrum, unusual blood flow patterns, or even a tumor. If you suspect you may have tinnitus, an examination by a specialist should be the first order of business. In many cases, however, no specific reason can be identified.
Unfortunately there is no cure, yet, for tinnitus. There are, however, ways to help reduce the effects of tinnitus. Beltone offers a Tinnitus Calmer application to help maintain those affected. This app is available for use on Android, iPod Touch, iPad, and iPhone devices. Beware of claims of products that they can cure tinnitus. Research is ongoing, and it is worthwhile to follow its progress.
If you have questions about hearing loss or ringing in your ears, contact us at Beltone Audiology at (888) 210-5846 to schedule an appointment. Our specialists have the experience and qualifications to put you on the road to learning more about tinnitus treatment.