What is tinnitus? Quite simply, it is a condition characterized by the hearing of sound when no external sound is present. It typically takes the form of ringing or buzzing in the ears. If you believe that you suffer from it, contact Schmidt’s Optical and Hearing™ at 772-286-4327 right away. Our Licensed Hearing Aid Specialist can help you pursue an effective form of treatment.Nearly 50 million Americans (about 15 percent of the general public) suffer from this audiological and neurological condition. So what is tinnitus exactly? Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no external noise is actually present. This sound can be described as ringing, hissing, humming, buzzing, static, whooshing, roaring, pulsing, or even ocean waves, as well as variety of other sounds.
What Are Symptoms?
The symptoms vary widely, but most people with tinnitus characterize the sounds they perceive in one of three ways: tonal (a nearly continuous sound with well-defined frequencies), pulsatile (pulsing sounds, which often correlate to the heartbeat), or musical (music or singing, sometimes on a continuous loop).It can significantly impact the life of the person suffering from it. For example, it can cause depression, anxiety, mood swings, irritability, and pain. Many people with it find it hard to sleep or concentrate, and some report that the condition disrupts their ability to work and socialize. In addition, lost earnings and health expenses can make tinnitus a financially troubling condition.The way people react to it varies significantly. But it is well known that it can be very stressful for some. It can affect their general well being both mentally and physically. For some, tinnitus and stress can be a vicious circle. It causes stress and the stress causes it to get worse, which again causes more stress and so on.Although there is no “cure” for, treatment can provide relief and greatly enhance your quality of life. In order to alleviate your tinnitus, our Licensed Hearing Aid Specialist will create a personalized treatment program to accommodate your needs and preferences. Common treatments include, Oticon Tinnitus SoundSupport, Widex Zen Therapy™, ReSound sound therapy (a revolutionary iPhone app), Signia Notch Therapy, hearing devices, counseling, and relaxation.We are open and we have appointments available! Call us today at 772-286-HEAR.