Tinnitus is the perception of sound when there is no natural sound present. Most people can sense tinnitus on occasion in silence, but tinnitus becomes an issue when it is affecting your ability to sleep, focus on daily tasks, or if it is caused by a significant hearing loss.
Causes of tinnitus tend to be damage to the sensory cells of the inner ear (noise exposure, age, ototoxic drugs), but can also be caused by outer or middle ear infection, head trauma (concussion, traumatic brain injury) or autoimmune diseases.
Often times people are told that there is nothing you can do to help manage tinnitus. This is not true, and there is always hope. The key is to understand the cause of your tinnitus perception, and from there build a treatment plan tailored to your needs. For more information please see our blog section entitled: Enemy of Silence: Tinnitus.
With a Doctorate in Clinical Audiology from the renowned University of Florida, Sean Lennox is equipped to help you with your tinnitus and hearing loss.
Sound Sensitivity Therapy
Are you unusually reactive or uncomfortable around sounds that make up our everyday lives? This is considered sound sensitivity, more specifically hyperacusis or misophonia. If this is impacting your quality of life or enjoyment in social situations, you should consider consulting our Doctor of Audiology.
Often there are therapy options that can be considered in addition to proper hearing protection devices. The fee for the complete tinnitus and sound sensitivity assessment is $150.00.
Tinnitus Management Solutions
Bright Hearing offers comprehensive tinnitus management solutions designed to alleviate tinnitus-related discomfort and improve your overall auditory well-being.
Our Doctor of Audiology has the education and experience to help people manage their bothersome tinnitus by:
Educating the client
Understanding the root-cause
Providing evidence-based therapies
Way to Manage Tinnitus
While it is often a manageable condition, severe or persistent tinnitus can impact an individual’s quality of life, leading to sleep disturbances, anxiety, and difficulty concentrating. Managing tinnitus typically involves identifying its underlying cause and implementing strategies such as sound therapy, hearing aids, or counseling to alleviate symptoms and improve auditory comfort.
Benefits to Tinnitus and Sound Sensitivity Evaluation & Therapies
Tinnitus and sound sensitivity can vary in severity and cause, so it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional or audiologist to determine the most suitable treatment and management options for your specific situation.
Enhanced Mental Health
Access to Support
Looking for a Hearing Appointment in Ottawa?
Schedule your appointment today!
Tinnitus & Sound Sensitivity FAQs
What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the perception of noise, such as ringing, buzzing, or hissing, in the ears when there is no external sound source.
What causes tinnitus?
Tinnitus can be caused by various factors, including exposure to loud noise, age-related hearing loss, earwax blockages, and underlying medical conditions.
Is tinnitus a symptom of an underlying medical condition?
Tinnitus can be a symptom of underlying conditions such as ear infections, cardiovascular issues, or neurological disorders. It’s important to consult a healthcare professional for evaluation.
Can tinnitus be cured?
There is no one-size-fits-all cure for tinnitus, but various management strategies can help alleviate its symptoms and improve quality of life.
Can sound sensitivity be related to tinnitus?
Yes, some individuals with tinnitus also experience heightened sensitivity to sound, a condition known as hyperacusis.
What is hyperacusis, and how is it treated?
Hyperacusis is an increased sensitivity to everyday sounds. It can be managed through auditory retraining therapy, counseling, and sound therapy.
When should I seek medical help for tinnitus or sound sensitivity?
If tinnitus or sound sensitivity persists, worsens, or is accompanied by other concerning symptoms, it’s advisable to consult an audiologist or healthcare professional.
Can hearing aids help with tinnitus?
Yes, hearing aids with built-in masking features or sound therapy can provide relief for some individuals with tinnitus.
Can tinnitus be a sign of permanent hearing damage?
Tinnitus can be associated with permanent hearing damage, especially if caused by exposure to loud noise. It’s essential to protect your ears from further harm.
Is tinnitus preventable?
Tinnitus prevention involves protecting your hearing by avoiding loud noise exposure, using hearing protection in noisy environments, and seeking prompt treatment for ear infections or injuries.
Please note that these answers provide general information, and it’s crucial to consult with a healthcare professional or audiologist for personalized advice and evaluation if you are experiencing tinnitus or sound sensitivity.
If you require further information or have additional questions about Tinnitus or Sound Sensitivity, please do not hesitate to contact Bright Hearing for expert guidance and assistance.