Tinnitus has many causes, ranging from low-risk to severe: ear wax all the way up to serious neurological disorders. It is believed that tinnitus is initiated by damage to the inner ear cells, which are responsible for the transmission of sound. The damage often results from recreational noise exposure, the aging process, or certain medications. Medical conditions, like temporomandibular joint disorder and neck and spine problems can also contribute to tinnitus
What is tinnitus? It’s a sensation of noise, such as ringing, buzzing, humming or hissing when no external source is present.
Is tinnitus a disease? No. Tinnitus is a symptom that often accompanies other conditions and is commonly associated with hearing loss.
What causes tinnitus? Tinnitus can be caused by exposure to loud noises, migraine headaches, head injury, anemia, hypertension, Meniere’s disease, medications and hearing loss.
Can tinnitus be treated? Yes. At Harbor Audiology, we offer several types of tinnitus treatments:
- The SoundCure Serenade System. This technology is simple to use and can be customized specifically to your tinnitus. The system consists of a handheld device and earphones, and uses proprietary treatment sounds to address the underlying neurological cause. When used as part of an ongoing management program, it can provide immediate and long-term relief.
- Fractal Technology. This approach can help tinnitus sufferers with hearing loss by using random chime-like tones, making tinnitus less noticeable.