Tinnitus Explained

Tinnitus Treatment in Gainesville Florida

Tinnitus Explained

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus (“TIN-a-tus” or “Tin-EYE-tus”) is the perception of sound in the ears or head where no external source of sound is present. Tinnitus is commonly described as “ringing in the ears.”

Facts about tinnitus.

  • 1 in 5 adults have tinnitus
  • 50 million people in the United States experience tinnitus
  • 2 million of them suffer with more severe ringing of the ears
  • #1 service-connected disability for veterans

Common causes of Tinnitus

  • Severe head injury
  • Exposure to noise
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Hearing loss
  • Anemia
  • Certain medications
  • Earwax build-up
  • High stress

Tips for dealing with Tinnitus

  • Make sure to seek advice from an Accent ENT physician and Audiologist to help determine cause and possible medical intervention to treat your tinnitus.
  • Review medications with your physician to see if they contribute to tinnitus.
  • Treat hearing loss with amplification.
  • Avoid silence. Background noise will divert the mind. Accessories such as noise generators can help to minimize the perception of the sound.
  • Minimize stress.
  • Remove the “spotlight” from tinnitus. Focus on other, more important things.
  • TMJ and skeletal or muscle issues of the head and neck may contribute. Consider diagnosing and treating these with the appropriate professional.
  • Reduce salt, caffeine and alcohol. Dehydration can increase tinnitus.

Precautions against Tinnitus

  • Avoid prolonged exposure to loud noises. Loud noises can trigger a ringing of the ears.
  • Use hearing protection in workplaces or environments which are noisy.
  • Use hearing protection such as ear plugs or ear muffs at concerts, loud sporting events, (speedway, drags, hunting, etc).
  • Reduce/minimize exposure to daily noises such as lawn mowers, chain saws, air hammers, hair dryers, etc.
  • Discuss potential ototoxic medications with your physician and closely monitor your hearing if taking any of these medications.

The doctors at Audiology by Accent have a tremendous amount of experience with the Gainesville community. Their knowledge and experience, in combination with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, allows our doctors to provide excellent quality of care in their respective specialties. Contact today to schedule your appointment. (352) 271-5373 Or Toll Free: (877) 329-9360

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