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Do you suffer from tinnitus?


According to the American Tinnitus Association, tinnitus is the perception of sound when no actual external noise is present. It is commonly referred to as “ringing in the ears,” but it can actually manifest in a variety of sounds, including buzzing, hissing, whistling, swooshing and clicking.

Tinnitus can be both acute (temporary) or chronic (ongoing) affects over 50 million Americans – that is nearly 15% of the general public. If you are concerned that you suffer form this chronic condition, we want to help you find out and tell you how we can help.

Here is a list of questions to help you decide if you should see a hearing care professional for a formal diagnosis.

Do you hear consistently hear a noise even when there is no external source for it?

If yes, would you describe the sound as a:

– Ringing
– Buzzing
– Humming
– Hissing
– Whistling
– Swooshing
– Clicking
– Whining

Is the volume high enough to hear over other sounds around you?

Do you hear the noise constantly or intermittently?

Does the sound keep you up at night?

Have you heard the sound for at least three months?

Did you start hearing the noise after exposure to a loud event?

Did you start taking a new medication before you began to notice the noise in your ears?

Do you have a problem with significant wax buildup in your ears?

Have you been diagnosed with any of the following?

– Meniere’s disease
– Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD or TMJ)
– Hearing loss
– Psychological disorder (Anxiety, Depression, Chronic Stress)
– Concussion or other brain injury

Are you avoiding activities and situations you used to enjoy?

If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, you could have tinnitus. There is no complete cure, but there are many effective treatment options to alleviate discomfort.

What to do next

To learn more about the cause and treatment for your tinnitus, please call Evolution Hearing in Charlottesville, VA at 434-260-8007 or our Raleigh, NC location at 919-670-3258.