Tinnitus is a ringing or buzzing in the ears, but the word is used much more broadly to describe many other sounds in the ears such as frying, crackling, roaring, clicking, etc. There are two broad types of tinnitus: objective and subjective tinnitus. Most people experience subjective tinnitus, which means only the person with tinnitus can actually hear it. In other words, it's not audible to those around them. Objective tinnitus is audible to those around the person, but this is quite rare.
Over 50 million Americans (about 15% of the population) suffer from tinnitus according the American Tinnitus Association. Of those, about 2 million people suffer from extreme or severe tinnitus that disrupts their daily life.
If you have tinnitus and a hearing loss, hearing aids may relieve your tinnitus and improve your hearing ability. Hearing aids with tinnitus therapy features help divert your attention away from the tinnitus and make it easier to listen to external sounds instead of the annoying tinnitus.
Contact us to make an appointment and learn about your tinnitus therapy options!
At Hearing Center Silver Spring, We recommend hearing aids with tinnitus therapy by Widex and ReSound. When sleeping or in quiet situations, we recommend the Marsona Sound Conditioner, which generates noises that can be customized for a soothing experience. Ask us about any of these during your visit.