If a ringing or whistling sound that happens 5 minutes or less up to twice a week is called transient ear noise, not tinnitus. If it happens more or constantly then this is defined as tinnitus. Many described as ringing, chirping, roaring, or cricket type sound.
If a hearing loss is present, then tinnitus therapy (which has different types) and/or appropriate fitting of hearing aids is the best treatment. Tinnitus with hearing loss happens due to the damage in the auditory system and hearing aids help in about 60% of those who use it. Living or dealing with tinnitus is basically a learning process, and it takes the right mindset and conditioning to win over tinnitus. Going under the care of a trusted team of audiologists will definitely be a big help. We can help in giving you the best treatment options for your tinnitus.
There are actually numerous tinnitus treatment options such as tinnitus programs, sound/noise conditioning, biofeedback or meditation beyond hearing aids; your audiologist will discuss this with you along the way. If you have hearing loss, hearing aids are extremely beneficial, giving you a less stressful life which in turn can help you overcome or manage tinnitus. A very thorough case history with all the medications and health conditions will also help pinpoint the reasons for tinnitus.
Staying healthy and maintaining a holistic, active lifestyle can help alleviate tinnitus symptoms. Following the doctor’s orders based on the diagnosis and results of several tests can also effectively treat this condition.
Tinnitus can be considered as a serious medical condition in some rare cases. We have helped diagnose acoustic tumors and cardio-vascular issues before primary care physicians did. We work closely with other medical professionals to put the puzzle pieces together for an accurate diagnosis.
Most of the time tinnitus is due to a hearing loss, but occasionally, especially with sudden onset tinnitus without a reason, you should see a professional right away. If tinnitus is accompanied by sudden hearing loss or dizziness you should be seen within 24 hours by an Audiologist (make sure you state you suddenly have these symptoms) or an Ear Nose and Throat doctor.
Most Urgent Care or Emergency Room specialists do not treat appropriately and assume it is an infection and treat with antibiotics. The proper treatment for this kind of tinnitus is specialized steroids administered within 48 to 72 hours of onset.
In many cases, tinnitus goes away on its own regardless of the cause. However, this doesn’t mean that you can just leave it untreated or wait for weeks or months until it goes away. Getting yourself checked by an audiologist to have a proper diagnosis is the best thing to do. This is to ensure that any underlying causes is ruled out such as heart problems, infection, or damage to the brain cells.
The very first person you need to approach if you suspect you have tinnitus is your audiologist. A professional audiologist can assist you with a proper assessment and diagnosis and can also rule out underlying causes of tinnitus such as heart problems, infection, etc.
They can also provide you additional information about tinnitus most especially since they can understand the implications this condition has on a person’s daily life. Dealing with tinnitus can put your brain cells on overdrive, most especially since you are trying to go on with your daily life while living with a buzzing, hissing, or ringing noise in your ears.