We Have Lake Charles And Southwest Louisiana Covered When It Comes To Managing The Ringing In Your Ears
A continuous ringing in the ears or a buzzing, whooshing, or hissing sound is among the most irritating conditions you can endure.
Though it’s little consolation, you’re not alone. About 75% of people experience some form of tinnitus in their lifetime.
Most people experience the symptoms of acute or temporary tinnitus after being in a noisy stadium, at a loud concert, a night in the club, or an explosive event.
However, some people experience ongoing tinnitus that stays with them 24/7.
Those who experience chronic or ongoing tinnitus often find it difficult to concentrate, relax or sleep. This leads to additional negative social, emotional, and physical health conditions that threaten their daily productivity and quality of life.
Fortunately, Acadian Hearing has Lake Charles and Southwestern Louisiana covered when it comes to managing the ringing in your ears.
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Tinnitus: Symptoms And Causes
In the early stages of tinnitus, you might barely notice its irritating sound, but as the sound intensifies, so does the awareness of it, leading to an increased level of stress. Stress contributes to the condition, making it more intense and adding to the stress, as well as a loss of sleep and decreased productivity in a snowballing effect.
The Central Gain Theory identifies tinnitus as a neurological disorder that occurs when your brain begins to compensate for sounds that are no longer heard due to hearing loss or damage to the auditory system. A similarity to this theory is the common neurological response of amputees known as “phantom limb,” in which the brain continues to compensate for the missing arm or leg.
Though there is no identified cause of tinnitus, there are a number of contributing factors leading to it, including:
- prolonged exposure to loud noise
- various ototoxic drugs
- head trauma
- a blockage in the ear canal
- vestibular issues
Hearing loss does not cause tinnitus, but it often accompanies it, suggesting a connection to processing issues associated with the inner ear, the auditory nerve, and the brain.
A rare form of tinnitus, known as pulsatile tinnitus, is usually a symptom of a blood vessel or vascular disorder, which can be linked to a head or neck tumor, cholesterol buildup, hypertension, turbulent blood flow, or malformation of the capillaries surrounding the ear. Pulsatile tinnitus is distinguished by the pulsing rhythm that tends to match your heartbeat.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tinnitus
Does Tinnitus Lead To Hearing Loss?
There is very little evidence that tinnitus impacts hearing loss, but many people with hearing loss are also affected by tinnitus, which is one reason that audiologists conduct a comprehensive hearing assessment when evaluating tinnitus.
What Does Tinnitus Sound Like?
Those experiencing pulsatile tinnitus usually describe it as a sound that matches the rhythm of their heartbeat, which becomes more intense during exercise.
Does Tinnitus Go Away?
What Are Some Ototoxic Drugs That Contribute To Tinnitus?
Group One includes aspirin at high doses as well as other salicylates like Amikacin, Amphotericin B (Fungizone), Bumetanide (Bumex), Carboplatin(Paraplatin), Chloroquine (Aralen), Cisplatin (Platinol), Ethacrynic acid(Edecrin), Furosemide (Lasix), and Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil).
Group Two includes the analgesic Ibuprofen (Advil) and the tricyclic anti-depressant Imipramine (Tofranil), along with Chloramphenicol (Chloromycetin), lead, and quinine sulfate.
Group Three includes alcohol, toluene, and trichloroethylene, as well as Chlordiazepoxide (Librium), Chlorhexidine (Phisohex, Hexachlorophene), Ampicillin, Iodoform, Clemastine fumarate (Tavist), Clomipramine hydrochloride (Anafranil), and Chlorpheniramine Maleate (Chlor-trimeton and several others).
Do Hearing Aids Help With Tinnitus?
How Do Tinnitus Masking And Sound Machines Help?
How Will Hearing Experts Treat My Tinnitus?
Common Technologies And Techniques For Managing Tinnitus
Although there is no cure for tinnitus, there are proven techniques and technologies used to manage your symptoms and reduce the effect it has on your quality of life. Tinnitus management options often include:
- Masking or covering awareness of the sound
- Medications to reduce stress and anxiety or to aid sleep
- Sound Therapy used to disrupt the neural signal
- The Listening Program® SLEEP, which retrains the brain on how it interprets sound.
- The Sound Pillow® Sleep System to relax the body and promote sustainable sleep.
- Hearing Aids, which correct hearing loss and allow for sound masking.
- Alternative Therapies (psychological counseling, biofeedback, relaxation techniques, and neuromonics therapy to reduce the contribution of stress to the condition)
Get The Help You Need With Acadian Hearing’s Four-Step Process
#1 - Schedule A Tinnitus Assessment
#2 - Discuss Tour Tinnitus Challenges With Your Audiologist
#3 - Visit Acadian Hearing For Your In-Person Consultation
#4 - Support Every Step Of The Way
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The irritation and frustration caused by tinnitus are manageable.
Rather than being taken in by the newest “tinnitus curing” gadget or formula, consult with our tinnitus care experts who utilize proven treatment methods with measurable results.
To schedule an evaluation, complete and submit our form, so one of our experts can give you a call to answer your questions and concerns, as well as schedule a tinnitus assessment.
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