Tinnitus Treatment & Evaluation
Tinnitus is one of the most common—and most frustrating—forms of hearing impairment. Tinnitus produces a constant ringing or buzzing noise in the ears, and research shows that over 50 million Americans struggle with this disorder regularly.
While tinnitus can be frustrating, visiting a professional for treatment is the best way to minimize your symptoms. Our hearing specialists offer custom-tailored tinnitus evaluations and treatment options that allow us to find the most effective solution for your condition.
If you think you may have tinnitus, contact our office today to schedule an evaluation.
Tinnitus can have a wide range of causes. A few common ones include:
- Earwax buildup
- Exposure to loud sounds
- Hearing loss
- Abnormal bone growth
- Head or neck injuries
- Meniere’s disease
- Nerve damage
Tinnitus can be chronic or temporary and can range from mild to severe. While some people can identify when their tinnitus started, others have suffered from this condition for as long as they can remember.
When you visit our office for a tinnitus evaluation, we will perform a range of tests to assess your overall hearing and determine whether any actions—such as fast movements or jolts—worsen your symptoms.
Tinnitus often goes hand in hand with other forms of hearing impairment, so conducting a thorough hearing test will allow us to see whether any other problems may be contributing to your symptoms.
Our hearing specialists will also ask you to describe your symptoms and the sounds you hear as precisely as possible. We may even play a few audio samples and ask you to identify which sounds resemble your tinnitus most closely.
After we finish your evaluation, we will better understand your condition’s severity and contributing factors. We will use this information to determine the best treatment options for your specific case.
One of the most effective tinnitus treatments is Tinnitus Retraining Therapy. This therapy helps train your brain to perceive your tinnitus differently, allowing you to subconsciously ignore it as you ignore other constant sounds in your environment (such as radiators or fans).
We may also recommend a few ways you can manage tinnitus on your own, such as by using a white noise machine or masking device to attempt to cover up the ringing noise.
Tinnitus can be bothersome if you leave it untreated. Contact Smoky Mountain Hearing Specialists today to schedule a tinnitus evaluation.
Call us at (423) 307-8846 to schedule your hearing test appointment today.
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