Most of us at some time or another have experienced what is known as tinnitus. Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing sound that is inaudible to others. Usually it comes in the form of a high-pitched ringing in one or both ears. It is also commonly described as roaring, hissing or whooshing and is often heard when in a very quiet environment. For most of us it will disappear as quickly as it came on. What if, however, the sound never went away? Unfortunately this is the case for an estimated 50 million Americans. For some, the impact tinnitus has on their life is minimal. Others, however, can have a very severe negative reaction in which their quality of life is compromised. Symptoms can include:
· Difficulty relaxing
· Concentration difficulties
If this sounds like what you or a loved one is experiencing,
know that you are not alone and that there is help.
First, it’s important to see a physician for
a medical assessment. The underlying
source of tinnitus may be able to be identified and treated medically or
However, the vast majority
of tinnitus sufferers do not have “curable” tinnitus. In these cases, the next best course of
action is to consult an audiologist.
Loyola Medical Center audiologists offer various management approaches
to help tinnitus patients. In addition
to counseling, which will help you understand the possible mechanisms causing
the tinnitus, a specific treatment will be recommended to help alleviate your
Treatments include: amplification, sound therapy devices,
Neuromonics Tinnitus Treatment or simply immersing oneself in an enriched sound
An audiologist will work
with you to determine what tinnitus management program best suits your
needs. You or your loved ones do not
need to suffer with tinnitus. There is
hope for symptom relief.
Appointments for evaluations can be made by calling the Department of Audiology at Loyola Medical Center at 708-216-3821.