Tinnitus is the perception of noise or ringing in the ears. It is a common condition that affects about 1 in 5 people. The phantom noise may vary in pitch from a low roar to a high squeal, and you may hear it in one or both ears. In some cases, the sound can be so loud that it interferes with your ability to concentrate or hear actual sound. Tinnitus may be consistently present, or it may come and go.
Tinnitus involves the annoying sensation of hearing sound when no external sound is present. Tinnitus symptoms include these types of phantom noises in your ears such as ringing, clicking, buzzing, roaring, or hissing. Tinnitus is often a symptom of an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, ear injury or a circulatory system disorder. Although it can worsen, for many people, tinnitus can improve with treatment. Treating an identified underlying cause sometimes helps. A common treatment for tinnitus is the use of hearing aids, which are equipped with tinnitus therapy programs that reduce or mask the noise.
Hearing Aid Repair
Although hearing aids aren't able to restore your hearing, these devices make the most of your existing hearing ability. The technology of hearing aids has progressed in such a manner that they can almost fully compensate for any lack of hearing. As with any piece of machinery, your hearing aid requires maintenance and care to work to its full capability.
Get the best possible results from your hearing aid by having it professionally cleaned, tuned and serviced at our office. Routine maintenance will ensure that your hearing aid provides many years of optimal benefits.
Hearing tests are painless and non-invasive. Hearing loss can affect anyone and often progresses so gradually, it can be difficult to notice until you experience symptoms. Hearing loss has far-reaching effects on your health, so getting a baseline hearing test and annual follow-up tests can help you catch it early.
The purpose of a test for hearing loss is to determine not only if you have a hearing loss, but how mild or severe it is. A thorough hearing test can also help define the type of hearing lossyou have (conductive, sensorineural or mixed) and will determine the best treatment option.
In 1997, the VA established the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research to study hearing problems in veterans and to develop effective treatments. Researchers work to alleviate communication, social, and economic problems resulting from hearing loss and tinnitus acquired during service.
VA researchers, engineers, and clinicians are studying ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat hearing loss. They are also addressing a wide range of technological, medical, rehabilitative, and social issues associated with tinnitus and blast exposure. Among these effects are hearing loss, which can occur in veterans,even when there is no obvious injury. Noise-induced hearing losscan compromise not only the ear itself, but also the connection between the ear and the brain.
At Dr. Whritenour’s office, we are proud to provide veterans with comprehensive hearing health services.
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Assistive Listening Devices
If you have hearing loss, it is likely hearing aids will be a tremendous help to you in your daily life. Hearing aid technology is impressive and can be a big help for people with hearing loss.
But what about those special situations when your hearing aids aren’t quite enough? Special devices called assistive listening devices (ALDs) are useful for listening to conversations on the phone, watching favorite shows on television, watching performances or speakers in public places and classrooms and even waking to an alarm clock in the morning or hearing the doorbell.
There is a surprisingly large array of ALDs on the market today, and many are geared towards very specific needs. Some of these devices are made to work specifically with certain hearing aids while others are stand-alone and can be helpful even if you do not use hearing aids. To learn more about ALDs, feel free to contact us.