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What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is very common; affecting an estimated 50 million adults in the U.S. Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing ringing, buzzing, hissing, chirping, whistling, or other sounds. The noise can be intermittent or continuous, and can vary in loudness. Many people believe that tinnitus is a disease; however, it is a symptom of a bigger issue in the auditory system.

Noise induced hearing loss is one of the conditions that can cause tinnitus. Damage to the hair cells found in the cochlea of the inner ear can disrupt the auditory pathways in the brain causing both hearing loss and tinnitus. The brain can produce abnormal nerve signals, heard as a high pitch sound in the ears, to compensate for the lack of sound input.

Tinnitus left untreated leads to hearing loss

Damage to the hair cells found in the cochlea of the inner ear can result in hearing loss as well as tinnitus. Picture credit to Mayo Clinic.

What Can I Do?

There are several treatments available for tinnitus; tinnitus maskers, hearing aids, relaxation therapy, sound machines and electrical stimulation just to name a few. If you suffer from tinnitus, there is a good chance that you also have noise induced hearing loss. Call Advanced Hearing Group to schedule an evaluation and a hearing test. We provide effective treatment and relief for both hearing loss and tinnitus.