We are Tinnitus Experts!
Lake Medical Hearing Centers has helped hundreds of tinnitus sufferers improve the quality of their lives. We include tinnitus therapy at NO CHARGE. Many of the hearing aids we carry have one or two and sometimes more tinnitus programs that can successfully mask the annoying sounds you are hearing.
What Causes Tinnitus?
Tinnitus can be Subjective Tinnitus or Objective Tinnitus. The subjective kind is where only the patient can hear the tinnitus, with the objective, the tinnitus sound coming from the patient’s ear can be heard by others in very close range,
If the hairs (neuro fibers or cilia) inside your inner ear (cochlea) are bent or broken, they can "leak" random electrical impulses to your brain, causing tinnitus. Other causes of tinnitus include other ear problems, chronic health conditions, and injuries or conditions that affect the nerves in your ear or the hearing center in your brain. Even wax build up has been known to cause tinnitus.
Tinnitus is different from person to person; it can be simply annoying to critically debilitating. It is our experience when someone has tinnitus, they have some degree of hearing loss, and have had exposure to high decibel noise.
Exposure to loud or excessive noise can damage or destroy hair cells (cilia) in the inner ear. Because the hair cells cannot be renewed or replaced, this can lead to permanent hearing loss and/or tinnitus. Continued exposure can worsen these conditions, so people who work in loud environments should always wear ear protection. This type of hearing loss and been also associated with short term memory loss and even dementia.
Tinnitus has also been responsible to the loss of certain hearing frequencies (there are over 8000 frequencies your ears process every second! Those specific frequencies that produce the clarity of the human voice especially in noisy situations seem to be the first to be damaged. This is why it is important to schedule an appointment with us so we can conduct audiometric test where we can precisely measure and assess not only the extent of your possible hearing loss but the seriousness of your tinnitus