What is Tinnitus?
Affecting more than 50 million Americans, tinnitus occurs when people hear noise in their ears and there is no external noise actually present. Tinnitus noises can sound like ringing, buzzing, hissing, chirping, whistling and/or clicking in the ears and about 98 percent of people with hearing loss also experience some form of tinnitus.
Tinnitus can be a temporary (acute) or ongoing (chronic) condition and symptoms can range from mild to extreme and, in some cases, debilitating.
There are two general types: subjective and objective.
- Subjective tinnitus is the most common, affecting 99 percent of all patients suffering from this condition, and it is characterized by hearing noises that only the patient can detect. It is most commonly related to hearing loss, traumatic noise exposure, stress and many other factors.
- Objective tinnitus affects only one percent of patients suffering from tinnitus and occurs when the patient can hear head or ear noises that are related to body functions near the ear, such as blood flow and/or muscular contractions.
Can Tinnitus be Effectively Treated?
While there is no medically-proven treatment for tinnitus at this time, here at The Hill Hear Better Clinic we have the most success easing our patients’ tinnitus symptoms by fully investigating the root of the tinnitus and its triggers and coming up with an individual treatment plan.