Tinnitus is the medical term for “ringing in the ears” or the sensation of hearing sound when no external sound exists. The condition can be mild and happen occasionally or it can be severe, constant, and negatively impact quality of life. Trinity Health audiologists provide testing and treatment for Tinnitus.
Tinnitus is an audiological and neurological condition often associated with hearing loss, as both can result from noise-induced damage to the ears. Symptoms are different for every person but are generally described as “ringing in the ears,” hissing, buzzing, whistling, roaring or chirping.
Experts don’t know the exact cause of tinnitus, but several factors are known to trigger or make tinnitus worse, including:
- Exposure to loud noises
- Hearing loss
- Some prescription medications
- Chronic conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease
- Caffeine and aspirin
Currently, there is no cure for tinnitus but treatments like sound therapy and hearing aids soothe the irritating sounds and provide some relief. Some hearing aids can be set up to stream soothing sound from a smartphone directly into the aids.