Tinnitus is the perception of sound within the ear in the absence of corresponding external sound. If you or a loved one reports possible tinnitus, a tinnitus evaluation should be performed by an audiologist.
Have you noticed you’ve started hearing an annoying ringing or buzzing sound that nobody else can? Perhaps your aging parent is complaining they’re having problems sleeping because of a roaring or hissing in their ears that won’t go away.
All of these things are signs of a condition called tinnitus. Tinnitus is the perception of sound within the ear in the absence of corresponding external sound.
Signs You or a Family Member Needs Tinnitus Treatment
The symptoms of tinnitus include the following phantom noises in your ears:
The above sounds might vary in level from a low pitch to loud and high pitched. Sometimes the phantom noises can be so extreme they can make it hard for you to concentrate, sleep, or even hear real sounds. If you or a loved one reports possible tinnitus, a tinnitus evaluation should be performed by one of the expert audiologists at McGuire’s Hearing Centers in Long Island, Bronx and Westchester, NY.
When you or a loved one come into one of our Long Island, Bronx or Westchester hearing centers for a tinnitus evaluation you’ll fill out a comprehensive case history including several tinnitus questionnaires that will be conducted at the time of your visit. Plus every tinnitus evaluation includes:
High Frequency Audiometry
Evaluates higher frequency tones typically not tested in an audiological evaluation.
Tinnitus Pitch Matching
Evaluates tone and pitch of the tinnitus.
Tinnitus Pitch Masking
Evaluates level of sound needed to mask the tinnitus.
Loudness Sensitivity Level Testing
Evaluates for hyperacusis (sensitivity to sounds), misophonia (extreme dislike to certain sounds), phonophobia (fear of sounds) and decreased sound tolerance.
While there is no recognized cure for tinnitus, at Mcguire’s Hearing Centers, we can help you manage the symptoms with sound therapy. Sound therapy for tinnitus – or the use of any sound for the purpose of tinnitus management – is widely accepted as a management tool for tinnitus. The rationale for the use of sound in the management of tinnitus is to minimize your or your loved one’s perception of tinnitus by effectively reducing the signal-to-noise ratio between the tinnitus and ambient or environmental sounds. Often patients utilize a discreet RIC device that offers the necessary adjustability for use of the tinnitus management. One of our hearing health care professionals will tailor the device specifically for the your needs.
McGuire’s Hearing Centers is here to Help
Here at McGuire’s Hearing Centers, we understand that tinnitus can be a difficult problem to handle, but there is hope. With management tools, over time the symptoms usually improve over time. Contact us today for more information on how you can treat your tinnitus or to set up your tinnitus evaluation.