Tinnitus Treatment: Understanding & Managing Ringing in the EarS

Have you ever experienced a constant ringing, buzzing, or whistling in your ears, even when there’s no external sound present? If so, you might have tinnitus, which is the perception of sound when there is no external source of sound present. It can be severe and debilitating.

Common Causes & Risk Factors for Tinnitus

There are many potential causes of tinnitus, the most common being exposure to loud or prolonged noise. Examples of this are listening to music at high volumes, working in a noisy environment, or attending concerts or events with loud music. Prolonged exposure to noise can cause damage to the inner ear and trigger tinnitus.

Other potential causes of tinnitus include:

  • Aging
  • Head or neck injuries
  • Ear infections
  • Excessive earwax
  • Certain medications
  • Underlying medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or thyroid disorders

Symptoms of Tinnitus

The most common symptom of tinnitus is a ringing in the ears, but other sounds such as buzzing, hissing, or whistling might also be present. The sound can be constant or intermittent, and it might be more noticeable in quiet environments. Tinnitus can range from mild to severe and have a significant impact on your quality of life, causing stress, anxiety, and depression.

There are two types of tinnitus: subjective and objective. Subjective tinnitus is the most common form and is only heard by the person with tinnitus. Objective tinnitus, on the other hand, can be heard by a doctor conducting an examination.

Managing Tinnitus with Our Specialized Services

Preventing tinnitus is often easier than managing it. One of the best ways to prevent it is to protect your hearing by avoiding prolonged exposure to loud noise. It’s also important to avoid exposure to toxins such as alcohol and tobacco, which can cause tinnitus or make it worse. If you already have tinnitus, there are several management strategies that can help. These include:
  • Sound therapy, which involves listening to background noise or music to mask the sound of tinnitus
  • Counseling to help manage any anxiety, stress, or depression that might be associated with tinnitus
  • Medications to manage any underlying medical conditions or symptoms of tinnitus
  • Tinnitus retraining therapy, which involves using sound therapy and counseling to help the brain ignore the sound of tinnitus
At NYC Hearing Associates, we offer a range of tinnitus management services to help those who suffer from the condition. We begin by conducting a thorough assessment to determine the underlying cause of the case in question, then work with the patient to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets their unique needs. Our tinnitus management services include:
  • Comprehensive hearing assessments to determine the severity of your tinnitus and its impact on your hearing
  • Individualized counseling to help you manage the emotional and psychological impact of your tinnitus
  • Customized sound therapy to help mask the sound of your tinnitus
  • Tinnitus retraining therapy to help you retrain your brain to ignore the sound of tinnitus
At NYC Hearing Associates, our team of audiologists has extensive experience in treating tinnitus. We use the latest technology and techniques to provide our patients with the best possible care, and we are committed to working with each patient to find a treatment plan that meets their unique needs. We also understand the emotional impact of tinnitus and provide individualized counseling to help our patients manage any associated stress or anxiety. If you’re interested in learning more about our tinnitus management services, we encourage you to contact us today at 888-214-1004 or fill out a new patient form here. Our office is located at 110 West 40th Street #500 New York, NY 10018. Don’t let tinnitus control your life – contact NYC Hearing Associates today to take control of your hearing health.