Tinnitus Treatment Solutions

You Don’t Have To Live With The
Ringing In Your Ears

“The constant ringing in my ears is driving me out of my mind!”

Does that sound like what you’re experiencing?

The debilitating neurological condition known as tinnitus affects many of us, with 37% of adult Canadians (9.2 million) experiencing tinnitus in the past year. In most cases, the symptoms are temporary, occurring after being in a noisy stadium, a loud concert, a night in the club, or near an explosive event.

About 7% (1.6 million) of individuals with chronic tinnitus find it difficult to concentrate while working or studying, struggle to relax, or find it difficult to get a good night’s sleep due to the severity of symptoms. Though chronic tinnitus does not cause you to lose your hearing, it is often associated with damage to your hearing that leads to hearing loss.

Our hearing instrument specialists at Provincial Hearing understand your struggle with tinnitus and are eager to provide answers about tinnitus as well as ongoing relief through tinnitus management.

A female suffering from tinnitus aka ringing in the ears
Woman touching her ear suffering from tinnitus and headache

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a neurological condition that creates the perception of sounds that are not actually present in your surrounding environment, or a “phantom” perception generated somewhere along the auditory pathway. It can be described as ringing, buzzing, humming, crickets, or similar sounds.

The exact cause of tinnitus is not known, but many researchers compare the condition to the neurological disease known as “phantom limb” experienced by amputees.

Conditions that tend to be present along with tinnitus are damage to the inner ear (usually associated with hearing loss), a middle ear infection or buildup of fluid in the middle ear, Meniere’s Disease, and earwax buildup. Tinnitus is also linked to various ototoxic medications, high blood pressure, hyper/hypothyroidism, diabetes, and acoustic neuromas.

How Can We Help With The Ringing In Your Ears?

Because of the impact of tinnitus on your overall health and quality of life, finding relief from the condition is among our critical concerns. However, without a definitive cause, there is no definitive cure, nor is there a one-size-fits-all approach to treating tinnitus.

There are plenty of products, services, and dietary practices that claim to cure tinnitus, making it difficult to sort through what really works and what will lighten your wallet without providing any relief. Our hearing instrument specialists utilize technologies and techniques backed by solid research in order to help reduce the impact of tinnitus on your quality of life.

Tinnitus Specialist - Bridgewater, Truro, Kentville

Hearing Aids or Masking Devices

When hearing loss and tinnitus are found together, hearing aids can provide the best solution, serving the dual role of improving hearing and reducing tinnitus symptoms. When your hearing does not warrant the use of hearing aids, electronic devices that generate noise capable of masking or covering up the sounds of your tinnitus are available as wearables or tabletop units that help divert your focus from your symptoms.

Counselling or Therapy

A form of counselling known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been thoroughly researched in relation to tinnitus management. Though CBT does not eliminate tinnitus, it helps reduce your perception of tinnitus symptoms and provides you with the necessary coping techniques to reduce the impact of the condition on your well-being and lifestyle.

Tinnitus Relief Begins With A Tinnitus Assessment

A tinnitus assessment is the first step to gaining control over your tinnitus symptoms. At Provincial Hearing, our personalized tinnitus program includes:

A tinnitus assessment is the first step to gaining control over your tinnitus symptoms. At Provincial Hearing, our personalized tinnitus program includes:

  • A case history including specific information regarding your condition, such as how it affects your quality of life, any medications you’re taking or medical conditions you might have, or other factors known to present with tinnitus symptoms.
  • We conduct a complete hearing evaluation to determine if your condition is associated with hearing loss.
  • The tinnitus questionnaire and tinnitus evaluation measure the loudness and pitch of your symptoms.
  • A Tinnitus Handicap Inventory may be used to determine the extent of its impact on your lifestyle.
  • Discussion of appropriate treatment options.

In some cases, testing by an ear, nose, and throat doctor (ENT) is necessary to rule out other suspected vestibular or vascular medical conditions that can cause tinnitus symptoms.

Older woman experiencing a ringing, buzzing, or humming sound

Schedule a Tinnitus Assessment

If the ringing, buzzing, or humming sounds of tinnitus on a frequent or ongoing basis are making it difficult to concentrate, relax, or get a good night’s sleep, the first step to managing your condition is to get the professional help you need from Provincial Hearing.

Complete and submit the adjacent form to schedule a tinnitus assessment in order to take your life back from the ongoing frustration caused by tinnitus.

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