Signs & Symptoms of Tinnitus

How your audiologists in Columbia, and Lugoff, SC, can help when you have tinnitus

Do you suffer from ringing in your ears? If so, it’s a common condition also known as tinnitus. In fact, according to the CDC, tinnitus affects over 50 million people in this country. The good news is your audiologist can help you get relief from tinnitus.

The audiologists at Carolina Hearing Institute offer a wide range of hearing services, including diagnosis and treatment of tinnitus. They have several convenient office locations in Columbia, and Lugoff, SC, to help you.

You may have intermittent episodes of tinnitus, or it can become chronic. Typically, tinnitus sounds like this:

  • Ringing in your ears
  • Buzzing in your ears
  • Hissing in your ears
  • Whistling in your ears

Tinnitus can develop due to:

  • A buildup of earwax
  • Prolonged exposure to loud noise
  • Age-related hearing loss
  • Sclerosis of the bones in your middle ear
  • Medications including diuretics and antibiotics

Some less common issues which can cause tinnitus include:

  • TMJ problems
  • Head and neck trauma
  • High blood pressure
  • Atherosclerosis

To begin treatment, you first need a hearing test to confirm tinnitus. You may also need a CT scan, MRI, and other medical imaging to check for structural issues within your ears. Treatment will vary depending on what is causing your tinnitus.

Your audiologist may recommend:

  • Hearing aids, which will reduce or eliminate symptoms of tinnitus
  • Cochlear implants, which can restore hearing loss caused by tinnitus
  • Sound therapy, which will reduce unwanted noise and help you sleep
  • Counseling and training, which can help you deal with tinnitus symptoms

Tinnitus isn’t just annoying. It can dramatically affect your quality of life, making it difficult to concentrate. Fortunately, relief is just a phone call away.

To learn more about the prevention and treatment of tinnitus, talk with the experts. Call the audiologists at Carolina Hearing Institute. You can reach them in any of their convenient office locations in Columbia, or Lugoff, SC, by calling (803) 424-2208, so call today!

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