Tinnitus can be a very frustrating experience; hearing a sound that no one else can hear is a hard thing to explain to people. And having a persistent ringing, hissing or other sound follow you around 24/7 can truly set you on edge. Many individuals who suffer from tinnitus don’t often share they have these symptoms as it can make them feel even more isolated and misunderstood. Many describe this condition as a lonely and invisible sufferance. Common symptoms of tinnitus include and are not limited to ringing, roaring, buzzing, hissing sounds that may occur constantly, intermittently or occasionally. If you think you may have tinnitus, the best thing to do is contact a certified hearing care provider, like the ones you’ll find at Bow River Hearing. Determining the existence and source of tinnitus requires highly specialized equipment and training. A hearing care provider will perform a thorough evaluation, focused on the symptoms you report, and give you a professional assessment of your situation, as it pertains to tinnitus.

In deciding whether or not to come in for an evaluation, keep in mind that tinnitus isn’t necessarily a perceived sound that follows you around all day. It doesn’t have to be constantly noticeable in order to be a problem. For many people, tinnitus only calls attention to itself when background noise is at a minimum, such as bedtime. The inability to fall asleep due to tinnitus can lead to the same health and functional problems as any other form of insomnia.

Basically, if you suspect tinnitus, come in and talk to us, so we can at least rule it out and help you on your way to finding the true source of your problem. If tinnitus is confirmed, we’ll delve deeper to understand what is causing it. If, as is often the case, your tinnitus is rooted in noise-exposure or age-related hearing loss, you will be given information on various tinnitus-management techniques, including hearing aid technology.

There are times when tinnitus isn’t solely related to loud noises or general loss of hearing; it can also be a side-effect of another physical ailment. Physical trauma, middle ear obstructions, head and neck injuries and jaw problems are just a few other examples. For instance, any illness that might affect the flow of blood throughout the body can potentially interfere with the blood supply to your inner ear, resulting in tinnitus. High blood pressure that increases the tension within blood vessels has also been linked to tinnitus. If we determine that your tinnitus is the result of a medical condition (e.g., cardiovascular issues, diabetes), we’ll refer you immediately to your physician. Of course, we’ll provide all the records of your evaluation, so your physician can understand how the connection between your tinnitus and a medical condition was established. We’ll also be standing by to offer your doctor any assistance he or she might need with ongoing treatment.

Once symptoms have been determined, our clinicians will be able to recommend individualized treatment plans. Treatment often consists of hearing aid technology, masking sounds, sound therapy as well as Tinnitus Retraining Therapy.

That assistance can include technology options, like those mentioned above, but also the services of our dedicated Tinnitus Treatment Centre. Bow River Hearing has a team of clinicians who are specialized in the area Tinnitus Retraining Therapy, which combines counseling and sound therapy to help improve quality-of-life for those suffering from tinnitus symptoms.

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