Tinnitus Evaluation and Management in Charlotte, NC
Are you experiencing ringing, buzzing or other noises? Is it causing you discomfort and irritation? This condition is known as tinnitus and can be caused by many factors. Luckily, the experts at Hearing Solution Center are here to help with your condition. For a tinnitus evaluation in Charlotte, call (704) 912-4422 now.
Do I Have Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the term used to describe the ringing, buzzing or background noises in the ear or originating from the head. The word tinnitus is Latin and literally means ‘ringing'. Your hearing professional can easily discover if you are suffering from this condition.
Since tinnitus varies in intensity and type, it's important to take your concern to a hearing professional. You want the medical professional to rule out any related conditions. A correct diagnosis will lead to effective treatment and management.
Some people describe tinnitus as a constant ringing or a high-frequency whistling. Others hear a buzzing noise that reminds them of a sizzling frying pan. And, some individuals report a thumping sound in the same rhythm as their heartbeat.
Depending on the individual, these noises might not be that bothersome. While for others, they may be irritating and prevent sleep and concentration. Which can lead to frustration, despair, and depression.
What Causes Tinnitus?
Tinnitus can be caused by many things, and it is usually a symptom of an underlying condition. The treatment for your particular tinnitus will depend on what is causing it. Such as the severity, accompanying issues such as hearing loss, and impact on daily activities.
Common causes of tinnitus include:
- stress and depression
- hearing loss
- exposure to loud noises
- earwax buildup or blockages
- abnormal bone growth in the ear
- Meniere's disease
- head or neck injuries
- a benign tumor of the cranial nerve
To find the root cause of your tinnitus, your physician will conduct a complete medical history and examination.
What Happens during a Tinnitus Evaluation?
Hearing professional cannot measure tinnitus objectively. They will rely on the information you provide during the evaluation. They will ask you questions such as "Is the ringing constant? Do you notice it at certain times more than others? Does it affect your sleep or work?" These types of questions can help you manage the ringing by preventing or changing situations that make your symptoms worse.
Other evaluations may include:
Tinnitus Sound Matching
Hearing professionals can help identify the type of tinnitus you're experiencing. During this process, we will present common tinnitus sounds to match what you're experiencing. This can help your hearing specialist determine which tinnitus management options are best for you.
Loudness Discomfort Level
We seek which volume external sounds become uncomfortable. Which helps your hearing professional be better informed about your tinnitus therapies.
Minimum Masking Level
Determining minimal volume that masks the perception of tinnitus can help sound therapies. They can also help with tinnitus masking.
There are tests that measure the mental burden experienced by sufferers of tinnitus. They include Tinnitus Severity Index, Tinnitus Reaction Questionnaire, and the Tinnitus Functional Index.
For further information, get in touch with our experts at Hearing Solution Center in Charlotte.
Common Treatment Options for Tinnitus
Depending on the cause of your tinnitus and other factors makes room for treatment options. They include medical options and alternative therapies.
Hearing aids are sometimes used for tinnitus but only if your tinnitus is accompanied by hearing loss. There are also masking devices that resemble hearing aids and are used to play a sound that's more pleasant than the tinnitus noise. Recently, devices that are both a hearing aid and a masker are being used to treat specific cases.
Another common treatment is acoustic therapy or sound therapy. Sound therapy makes use of sounds to help the brain re-focus and diminish the emotional impact of the tinnitus.
For all your tinnitus management options, get in touch with the experts at Hearing Solution Center today on (704) 912-4422!