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Tinnitus Overview

Whirring, clicking, buzzing or ringing. No matter how you describe it, the effects of tinnitus can be mildly annoying or debilitating. And if you live with tinnitus, you aren’t alone. Over 50 million Americans experience tinnitus, and for 20 million of them, it’s a chronic condition.

Turn to the House of Hearing for relief from your tinnitus symptoms. Our hearing health professionals are ready to help you tackle tinnitus. From state-of-the-art Levo technology for at-home therapy to hearing aids that amplify the sounds you want to hear, we can help.

Live life to the fullest each day and sleep better each night unhampered by tinnitus when you trust your ears to us.

Tinnitus causes

Hearing is a complex operation that requires both the ear structures and the brain to work in perfect concert. Tinnitus occurs when the brain and ears are out of sync. This can be caused by:

  • Hearing loss
  • High blood pressure
  • Earwax buildup
  • Ototoxic medications
  • Changes to the bones in the ears
  • Tumors

When the brain doesn’t receive the auditory signals it expects, it fills in the gaps with the phantom noises we call tinnitus. Sometimes medical interventions, such as high blood pressure medication or removing excess earwax, are all that is necessary. Other times, tinnitus is chronic and must be managed to restore your quality of life. That’s where the House of Hearing can help you.

Tinnitus treatments

One of the most common causes of tinnitus is undiagnosed hearing loss. When the hair cells in the cochlea are damaged due to the effects of aging or exposure to noise, sensorineural hearing loss reduces the brain’s auditory stimulation. When the neural circuits in the auditory cortex of the brain aren’t sufficiently stimulated, they stimulate themselves and the brain interprets this as sound.

As hearing aids amplify the sounds around you, the return of auditory stimulation is often enough to quiet the tinnitus.

In addition to hearing aids, white noise may be used to mask the tinnitus sounds. Masking devices may be worn or sit on a tabletop.

New technology, such as the Levo System, habituates your brain to the tinnitus sounds while you sleep. This FDA cleared technology provides personalized sound therapy at home while you sleep and has proven to be highly effective in the treatment of tinnitus.