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Tinnitus is a common problem for many, with or without hearing loss. Have you ever heard ringing in your ears? This is what is typically referred to as tinnitus, and about 1 in 5 people are currently suffering from it. As our Monterey audiologists at Central Coast Audiology, Inc. have discussed, it affects many different people—not only those who have suffered from hearing loss.
To learn more about tinnitus and its effects, please contact our team today to request an appointment.
Tinnitus is not typically considered a medical condition. Rather, it is a symptom of many different conditions. We understand that tinnitus can be bothersome and even worrisome for those who have noticed “ringing in their ears.” Not to worry—the problem is not a sign of a medical issue. Tinnitus can certainly be improved or reduced over time with the right treatment options.
The sounds that patients who suffer from tinnitus often report:
Tinnitus can most often result from the following:
There are two main types of tinnitus. The first is subjective tinnitus, which can affect the nerves that control hearing and how your brain interprets the sound waves. The second is objective tinnitus, which your Monterey audiologist might observe after performing an examination of your hearing. Objective tinnitus may be correlated with a problem in the blood vessels, and can also be contributed to muscle contractions or middle ear bone conditions.
Remember that tinnitus does not necessarily point to a serious medical problem. However, if you begin noticing other symptoms, such as nausea, dizziness, or significant hearing loss, we urge you to speak with your doctor as soon as possible. This is particularly the case if the tinnitus develops all of a sudden, without injury or due to aging. Our Monterey audiologist will likely conduct a thorough examination to ensure that there is no damage to your inner ear cells, auditory nerves, or other related issues.
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