Tinnitus is an audiological or neurological condition, in which a sound/s is heard but an external sound is not actually being produced. Tinnitus is often reported to sound like a “ringing”, “buzzing”, “humming” sounds but can also sound like “crickets”, “frogs”, or other sounds. More than 25 million people experience some kind of tinnitus.
Why do I have Tinnitus?
Most individuals have tinnitus as a result of hearing loss, noise exposure, or medications. However, tinnitus can also be cause by other health conditions such as high blood pressure, head or neck trauma, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), and others. It is important to know tinnitus is a symptom of an underlying health condition and not a disease itself.
How do I get rid of my Tinnitus?
Most individuls do not “get rid of” tinnitus, as their underlying health condition may not be curable. HOWEVER, there are treatments / management strategies to help you reduce the perception of your tinnitus!
To determine the best treatment / management of your tinnitus we first need to determine WHY you hear it. 1) Schedule an appointment to have your hearing evaluated; 90% of tinnitus cases occur due to an underlying hearing loss. 2) Schedule an appointment with your primary care physician to review your medical history. 3) Schedule an appointment with Dr. Lamb to review your options for treatment.
How do I manage my Tinnitus?
- Sound Enrichment / Therapy: most individuals only hearing their tinnitus in a quiet room. So we want to enrich your environment with sound. Listen to the radio, TV, music. Try not to focus on your tinnitus.
- Lifestyle Changes: work to reduce tinnitus aggravators such as salt and caffeine intake. Reduce/manage stress as much as possible by taking a short walk, meditating, or my favorite reading a good book. Get more sleep! Being well rested gives you more mental energy to “tune out” your tinnitus.
- Hearing Aids: by treating the underlying disorder, in combination with lifestyle changes, many patients are able to reduce the perception of and/or completely ignore their tinnitus.
- Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT): or habituation therapy, we want to retrain your brain to react neutrally not negatively to your tinnitus.