Your Tinnitus Specialists in Northern Utah
Have you ever experienced a ringing or buzzing sound in your ears after a major sporting event, a loud concert, a night in the club, or after discharging a firearm without ear protection? The sound you’re experiencing is known as tinnitus.
Statistics show that tinnitus affects about 75% of Americans in some form. Although most experience only temporary tinnitus, which only lingers for a few minutes or hours, some are subjected to a constant ringing 24/7, making it difficult to concentrate while working or studying, trying to relax, or attempting to get a good night’s sleep.
If you are among those hampered by the ongoing neurological disorder known as tinnitus, then you might be at your wit’s end searching for a tinnitus specialist near you and a solution to the constant ringing in your ears.
You’ve come to the right place. Each of the Utah Ear Institute hearing and balance centers in Bountiful, Tooele, Park City, and West Valley City include a tinnitus specialist who understands your struggle with tinnitus and is eager to provide the solutions you’re hoping to find.
Frequently Asked Questions about Tinnitus
What is tinnitus?
What causes tinnitus?
Are there different types of tinnitus?
I thought tinnitus was only a ringing sound in the ears?
Can tinnitus just affect one ear?
Is there a cure for tinnitus?
Can my tinnitus be improved?
Can a hearing aid help my tinnitus?
Will a special diet make my tinnitus disappear?
Is there anything I can do to prevent or minimize tinnitus?
You can do a number of things to prevent or minimize tinnitus, such as:
- Reduce exposure to extremely loud noise with ear protection
- Avoid total silence
- Decrease salt intake
- Monitor your blood pressure
- Avoid stimulants, such as caffeine and nicotine
- Reduce fatigue
- Manage stress
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How Utah Ear Institute Can Stop the Ringing in Your Ears
Tinnitus is a symptom, not a disease. Since it may be symptomatic of another disorder, it is necessary for your audiologist to test for and rule out possible causes before deciding on treatment, which could include one or several approaches, such as:
- Acoustic Therapy
- Music Therapy
- Auditory Habituation/Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT)
- Hearing Aids
This form of therapy involves the use of an externally produced sound to mask, inhibit, or alter the production of tinnitus sounds. Six common methods of acoustic stimulation include:
- A sound generator or tinnitus masker, which is an ear-level electronic device housed in a hearing aid case that produces white noise.
- A tinnitus instrument, which is a combination hearing aid and sound generator.
- Hearing aids, which amplify sounds and stimulate areas of the ear and brain that may not be receiving adequate stimulation because of hearing loss.
- A tabletop or portable sound generator.
- In-home masking, such as the use of an electric fan, radios, or television.
- Music therapy.
One of the most successful forms of tinnitus management, TRT, involves directive counseling and low-level sound masking. The objective is to help the brain relearn a pattern that will de-emphasize the importance of the tinnitus sounds, which is particularly helpful in desensitizing patients who are overly sensitive to sound.
Directive counseling provides intensive, individualized education regarding the causes and effects of tinnitus on the ear, the brain, and the coping mechanism. Because stress plays a significant role in the aggravation of tinnitus symptoms, stress management can help combat the stress, anxiety, and sleep disturbances associated with tinnitus. Coping methods may include relaxation, guided imagery, and self-hypnosis.
Adding the combination of low-level masking produces broadband noise via hearing aid type devices to soften the intensity without completely blocking out the noise of tinnitus in order to help facilitate auditory habituation.
Schedule a Tinnitus Assessment
If you or a loved one is experiencing the ringing, buzzing, or humming sounds of tinnitus on a frequent or ongoing basis, the first step to finding relief is to schedule a tinnitus assessment with one of our tinnitus specialists at Utah Ear Institute.
Get the help you need in order to take your life back from the ongoing frustration caused by tinnitus by submitting the adjacent form to schedule a tinnitus assessment.
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