Tinnitus refers to the perception of sound in one or both ears without the presence of any actual external sound. It is most often described as a ringing in the ear, but others compare it to a hissing, roaring, whooshing, buzzing, or whistling noise. It can be intermittent, appearing or disappearing randomly, or a constant background annoyance, ranging in severity from a barely perceptible nuisance to a full-fledged distraction that interferes with everyday life.
Tinnitus is considered a symptom of an underlying condition rather than a disease. It can’t be traced to one single cause, but instead, a number of factors can trigger tinnitus. The key to managing tinnitus is to consult with your doctor and hearing health professional to help identify the underlying condition. Common causes include hearing loss, noise exposure, head or neck trauma, excessive buildup of earwax, cardiovascular disease, ototoxic medications, stress, and a number of other disorders.
Because tinnitus is unique form person to person, it is important to find a treatment plan individualized to work best for you. Willamette Hearing Center has a committed network of professionals with the specializations and training to help you manage your tinnitus and to meet all of your hearing care needs. We are excited to introduce the latest hearing instrument and sound therapy technology developed for tinnitus management.