Do you have ringing of the ears or clicking sounds in your ears? Tinnitus is a symptom associated with forms of hearing loss, but it can also be a symptom of other health problems. Roughly 26 million Americans have experienced tinnitus. Some cases are so severe that it interferes with a person’s daily activities. People with severe cases may find it difficult to hear, work, or even sleep.
What Causes Tinnitus?
The possible causes include:
- Hearing loss. Doctors and scientists have discovered that people with different kinds of hearing loss also have tinnitus.
- Loud noise. Too much exposure to loud noise can cause noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus.
- Medicine. More than 200 medicines can cause tinnitus. If you have tinnitus and you take medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist if your medicine could possibly be at fault.
- Other health problems. Allergies, tumors and problems in the heart and blood vessels, jaws, and neck can cause tinnitus.
At Marlowe & Marrs, we have been providing quality ENT health care services to the people of Sarasota, Florida for over 20 years. Our dedicated staff is here to assist and guide you to a better state of health.
What Should I Do if I Have Tinnitus?
The most important thing you can do is to go see your doctor. Your doctor can try to determine what is causing your condition, and will also check to see if it is related to blood pressure, kidney function, diet or allergies. Your doctor can also determine whether your tinnitus is related to any medicine you are taking. To learn more about what is causing your symptoms, you should make an appointment at Marlowe & Marrs to have your ears examined by our board-certified otolaryngologists.
Treatments for Ringing of your Ears
Although there is no cure for tinnitus, there is a way to treat the ringing in your ears. Scientists and doctors have discovered several treatments that may give you some relief. Not every treatment works for everyone, so you may need to try several to find the ones that are most effective.
Treatments can include:
- Hearing aids. Many people with tinnitus also have a hearing loss. Wearing a hearing aid makes it easier for some people to hear the sounds they need to hear by making them louder. The better you hear other people talking or the music you like, the less you notice your tinnitus.
- Maskers. Maskers are small electronic devices that use sound to make tinnitus less noticeable. Maskers do not make the symptoms go away, but they make the ringing or roaring seem softer. For some people, maskers hide their condition so well that they can barely hear it.
- Some people sleep better when they use maskers. Listening to static at a low volume on the radio or using bedside maskers can help. These are devices you can put by your bed instead of behind your ear. They can help you ignore your symptoms and fall asleep.
- Medicine or drug therapy. Some medicines may ease your symptoms. If your doctor prescribes medicine to treat your condition, he or she can tell you whether the medicine has any side effects.
- Tinnitus retraining therapy. This treatment uses a combination of counseling and maskers. Otolaryngologists and audiologists can help you learn how to better deal with your symptoms. You may also use maskers to make your tinnitus less noticeable. After a while, some people learn how to avoid thinking about their tinnitus. It takes time for this treatment to work, but it can be very helpful.
- Counseling. People with tinnitus may become depressed. Talking with a counselor or people in support groups may be helpful.
- Relaxing. Learning how to relax is very helpful if the noise in your ears frustrates you. Stress makes tinnitus seem worse. By relaxing, you have a chance to rest and better deal with the sound.
Managing Tinnitus In Sarasota, Florida
Drs. Marlowe & Marrs have been providing ENT services to the Sarasota community for over 20 years. If you have been noticing a ringing in your ears, we encourage you to pay us a visit. To discuss your symptoms and learn more about how we can help, please request an appointment by calling (941) 529-7212 or selecting and filling out the appropriate form below.