Most of us have at one time experienced an annoying ringing in our ears, a condition that can result from something as obvious as a respiratory infection or exposure to a loud noise. If it persists, however, the condition is known as tinnitus. This is one of the hearing disorders that is treated at Annapolis Hearing Aid Associates in Annapolis, Md.
Tinnitus affects about one in three adults, and is even found in children. The cause is not always clear, although the condition has been linked to the blockage of the ear with wax or foreign objects, to abnormal bone growth within the ear or to other health disorders, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Tinnitus may on rare occasions result from the development of a tumor. The ringing experienced by some sufferers may in others resemble the sound of clicking, chirping, buzzing or hissing. The condition may be heard in one or both ears, and it may be continuous or heard on an intermittent basis.
It is important for anyone who suspects tinnitus to seek help from the type of specialized care available from the audiologists at Annapolis Hearing Aid Associates. They will help patients determine the best course of action.
The subjective nature of the condition usually makes necessary a diagnosis that is primarily based on the patient’s description. However, the hearing specialists at Annapolis Hearing Aid Associates will employ different devices and procedures when they conduct a diagnosis. One diagnostic tool that it often used is an audiogram test.
The seriousness of the problem is determined by the way it disrupts the normal activities of the patient, whether it be work, play or sleep. The primary goal of any treatment option is to take the patient’s attention away from the perceived sounds, thus making it possible to live with the condition. In some cases of tinnitus, the condition will be made less bothersome with the simple use of a hearing aid.
Annapolis Hearing Aid Associates has an array of amplification devices that can help those with tinnitus return to normal hearing and reduce symptoms that can disrupt quality of life.