All about Tinnitus

What Causes Tinnitus?

There are many causes of tinnitus, such as, noise exposure, excessive ear wax, fluid in the middle ear, hearing nerve or inner ear damage, Meniere's Syndrome, and more serious situations, like tumors of the brain and the auditory nerves. 

Exposure to loud sounds can, not only, cause tinnitus, but can also cause hearing loss!

While there are many causes of tinnitus, medicatons, foods, and other things we ingest can make the ears ring louder.  Caffeine, asprin, and sodium are examples to name just a few.

Meniere's disease can be the cause of episodic ringing usally accompanied by vertigo (dizziness) and hearing loss.

Can Hearing Aids Help Tinnitus?

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Yes. Hearing aids can reduce the level of ringing by masking or covering up the tinnitus.

​​Other ways To Lesson Tinnitus
  •  relaxation therapy

  •  biofeedback therapy

  •  sound therapy

  •  distraction techniques

  •  acupuncture

  •  lipoflavinoids

  •  avoiding certain dietary triggers for tinnitus, such as, salt, caffeine and alcohol

Your Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Practitioner have several ways to help you cope with tinnitus.  There are many strategies to try, but what works for one patient does not neccessarily work for all tinnitus suffers.  You may have to try a few things before you find what works for you!  If you are in this area the staff at Kootenay Hearing Clinic will be happy to help you!