Have you ever heard that annoying or unpleasant sound in your ears but there is no external object that’s producing it? You may hear it in the form of a buzz, hum, chirp or click; for medical experts, it is called tinnitus.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association defines tinnitus as a ringing sound that can be heard in one or both ears. It can happen for a short while or longer periods of time. For some, it can be just like a hissing sound. For others, it can be distracting and extremely loud.
Experienced by around 2.6 billion people worldwide, tinnitus per se isn’t a medical condition. However, it is possible it is caused by serious illnesses such as hearing loss, ear infection, or other hearing-related conditions. Cases of tinnitus also appear to be more prevalent in older age groups.
Since it can also be caused by prolonged exposure to loud noise, tinnitus can be prevented by keeping the volume down when listening to music, using earplugs or muffs or seeking quiet places and avoiding noise exposure altogether.
While there is no immediate cure for tinnitus, there are numerous treatment options available to affected patients. It is best to seek medical help to address tinnitus and determine the underlying condition that is causing it.
Individuals affected by tinnitus may receive the best medical attention at The Medical City’s Ear, Nose, Throat-Head and Neck Institute Center for Hearing and Balance. The center offers a Tinnitus Program which provides patients with a customized treatment plan to cater to each patient’s unique needs.
The center utilizes top-of-the-line equipment and modern facilities to treat or help the patient manage tinnitus. Some of the procedures that are currently offered to affected patients include tinnitus counseling, puretone audiometry, speech audiometry, impedance audiometry, pitch matching, residual inhibition, tinnitus retraining therapy and hearing aid trial. Patients, however, are only required to undergo procedures that are stated on their treatment plan.
For more information, The Medical City Ear, Nose, Throat-Head, and Neck Institute may be contacted through the following numbers: 988-1000 or 988-7000 local 6251, or through 689-8201 (direct line).
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