Looking for Tinnitus Relief in Toronto?
Worried About Ringing in Your Ears?
At Toronto Audiology we provide a tinnitus consultation which includes a hearing test, tinnitus reaction questionnaires, and discussion about the mechanisms of tinnitus. With these results, we can discuss treatment options which may include a medical referral, use of hearing aids, use of a sound generator, cognitive behavioral counseling and stress reduction techniques. Contact us today to help you with your tinnitus symptoms!
Do you hear a ringing, roaring, clicking, or hissing sound in your ears with no external sound source? Do you hear this sound often or all the time? Does the sound bother you a lot? Is it interfering with your enjoyment of life or your sleep?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have tinnitus and you should see a hearing professional. Millions of people are currently suffering from tinnitus and a large proportion of them think that there is nothing they can do about it.
Tinnitus Can't be Cured, But it Can be Treated
Tinnitus can have a massive impact on a person’s emotional well-being, ability to hear, ability to sleep and ability to concentrate. It is extremely common for the tinnitus patient to report increased stress, anxiety, fatigue, memory problems, and irritability.
Tinnitus is Common
You are not alone, nearly everyone has experienced tinnitus at one time or other, for most it is a passing incident. However, for some, it can be a constant companion. The definition of Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the absence of any corresponding external sound. It is a Latin word which means ringing. Tinnitus can be heard in one or two ears. It can be a ringing noise, a hissing noise and for some, it is even perceived as music! It is not a disease in itself, it is a symptom of some underlying condition or problem occurring anywhere within the hearing system. Don't forget, your ears are just the conduits for sound, hearing also involves the auditory nerve and the brain centre is responsible. Most Tinnitus is associated with the presence of hearing loss, however, some people have tinnitus and normal hearing.
What Causes Tinnitus?
As we said it is a symptom, not a disease, and is associated with many forms of hearing problems. It can also be a symptom of other health problems. Tinnitus is typically caused by:
- Hearing loss
- Loud noise
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
- Head and neck injuries
- Meniere's disease
- Acoustic neuroma
- Blood vessel disorders (i.e. high blood pressure)
The Tinnitus Cycle
Tinnitus can trigger many negative emotions which have an effect on general health and outlook. Often the severity of your reaction depends on your perception of the sound. If your perception of the sound is increasingly negative, you’re likely to have a negative emotional response. When this happens, it stresses you, making you pay more attention to the sound of your tinnitus. Thus begins a cycle that affects your nervous system. This can lead to anxiety, sleep disturbance, depression and poor concentration. These feelings add more stress, which reinforces this vicious cycle.
Breaking the Vicious Cycle - Tinnitus Therapy
Our job, and indeed our focus, is to break that cycle and give you time to recover. Using sound therapy, in combination with informed counseling and hearing aids, we can bring you significant relief. We will help you to change your emotional response to the tinnitus, helping to relieve the stress you feel.