Do you hear buzzing or ringing in the ears?

You’re not alone. Nearly 50 million Americans experience tinnitus. Schedule some time with our hearing care professional to evaluate treatment options and solutions.

Tinnitus and your hearing health

While most people experience moments or brief periods of hearing ringing in the ears at some time in their lives (usually after extended exposure to a noisy environment or following a sudden, extremely loud sound), some people experience tinnitus more regularly.

Tinnitus is not a condition itself. Usually, it’s a symptom of another condition, which means it’s important to first identify the underlying cause. Some causes, such as excess earwax buildup, hypertension and stress, anemia, or overconsumption of caffeine or cigarettes, can be treated or eliminated relatively easily.

Consistent prolonged exposure to loud noise (as in noisy work environments like factories or construction sites) can increase your risk of tinnitus. Similarly, the risk of experiencing tinnitus increases as we age, and is more common in men than women. 

Most of the time, tinnitus is a symptom of a larger hearing health condition. In fact, 90 percent of people with tinnitus also have noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL)—though they may not even be aware of it. Hearing loss changes how the brain processes sound, and the sensation of ringing into the ears may be how the brain fills in the gaps to the missing sound frequencies.

Hearing aids for tinnitus symptoms

While there’s no cure for tinnitus, Miracle-Ear hearing aids are equipped to give you lasting treatment and relief. Tinnitus treatment options include Sound Therapy, which uses soothing audio to mask the tinnitus sound, and Notch Therapy, which teaches the brain over time to ignore the tinnitus sound.

Make sure to wear hearing protection at concerts and other loud places, turn down the volume when you're wearing headphones, and be aware of your cardiovascular health, as tinnitus can be linked to blood vessel disorders. If you're one of the many American's who regularly deals with ringing in the ears, book an appointment with our hearing specialists to learn if tinnitus is to blame and whether our hearing aids can help you.









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What to expect at a hearing test

A hearing test is a completely painless process, but can provide you with a lot of valuable information about the status of your hearing health. Here's what you can expect when you come in for your free hearing evaluation:

The first step to expect at your hearing test involves your hearing health history. Your hearing care professional will discuss with you your history, including changes you've noticed in your hearing, concerns you may have or any past experiences with hearing aids.

Your hearing care professional will look inside your ear canal using a video otoscope. This is to check for common problems such as excessive wax buildup, damage to the eardrum or other conditions which may make it difficult to hear clearly.

This hearing test determines your degree of hearing loss, or what we call your hearing threshold.

Your hearing care professional will test your ability to hear and understand speech in both quiet and noisy environments.

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 Michael Joseph

This content is guaranteed by our expert:

Michael Joseph, B.Sc (Hons)

Audiologist, Operations Manager