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Why Is There Ringing In My Ears?

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Experiencing a ringing in your ears? Tinnitus treatment can help manage this disorder. Buzzing or ringing in the ears is a symptom of Tinnitus, a fairly common condition that affects 10 to 15% of people.

According to the Canadian Academy of Audiology, 360,000 Canadians suffer from tinnitus. The severity of the condition varies and can be so loud for some that they are not able to hear anything that is going on around them.

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus may affect one or both ears. It is characterised by a ringing, buzzing, hissing, pulsing or whistling sound. The sound that you hear is in your ears and not from an external source. Many tinnitus sufferers have a reduced ability to function. The sound is so loud that it affects their concentration and/or prevents them from sleeping at night. In some cases, it may even be accompanied by hearing loss, dizziness and vertigo.

Some Causes of Tinnitus

  • Excessive ear wax
  • A perforated ear drum
  • Hair touching the eardrum
  • Ear infection
  • Excessive exposure to noise
  • Trauma to the head or neck
  • Aging
  • Allergies
  • A benign tumour in the middle ear
  • Meniere disease
  • Certain medications
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Lack of sleep
  • Anemia

Tinnitus Treatment in Calgary

While some individuals are terribly affected by tinnitus, others may find it bearable. Irrespective of how mild or severe, talk to your doctor about getting tinnitus treatment. You doctor will recommend you to an audiologist in Calgary for a hearing test.Certain symptoms like tinnitus in one ear, difficulty with balance or walking, as well as vertigo also require immediate attention.

Many patients are told that there is no real treatment for tinnitus. This is not entirely true. Once the cause of your tinnitus has been determined, it can be successfully managed. When accompanied by hearing loss, for example, you will need a hearing aid which will significantly improve your quality of life.

Tinnitus treatment in Calgary ranges from counselling to diet adjustment (lower intake of salt, caffeine and nicotine), stress management, medication, auditory habituation therapy and the use of a device to mask the sound.

Any treatment for tinnitus should begin with a complete audiological evaluation by a hearing specialist or audiologist to determine the severity of your condition, possible causes and if you have hearing loss.

If you are experiencing buzzing or ringing in your ears, contact Soundwave Hearing Care today for a hearing test in Calgary. Our professionally-fitted hearing aids are designed to meet your specific needs and can help with tinnitus treatment. Contact us online or visit one of our convenient locations.

All the blogs are reviewed and edited by our clinic's lead audiologist, Dr. Anne Wooliams. Dr. Woolliams is an experienced audiologist specialized in pediatric audiology, auditory processing, and tinnitus/sound sensitivity therapy. She is dedicated to providing top-notch hearing care and helping her clients improve their language and communication abilities. Dr. Woolliams' expertise in literature and linguistics, combined with her passion for helping people improve their language and communication, make her an incredibly valuable asset in the field of audiology. Learn more about Dr. Woolliams.