Tinnitus is a disorder described as a ringing or constant humming in ears (or even a constant ringing in one ear) that occurs without a trigger from external auditory sounds. The sound can also be described as buzzing, hissing, humming, roaring, whistling, cricket-like or pulsatile. Tinnitus is a widespread symptom with 40 percent of the adults experiencing tinnitus, and one to two percent of those patients will find their tinnitus debilitating.
Audiologists at Hearing Unlimited can provide excellent tinnitus management and treatment based on their knowledge of hearing and hearing loss, hearing measurement, and habilitation of hearing loss. We offer an extensive array of both subjective and objective diagnostic audiological tests to help you understand and alleviate the source of your tinnitus, improving your quality of life.
Hearing Unlimited has been providing unsurpassed hearing health care to residents of the Southwestern Pennsylvania area since 1949. If you’re ready to start receiving the best tinnitus treatment in greater Pittsburgh, give us a call at 412-347-5550 or book an appointment online.
Tinnitus can be an extremely bothersome condition, but our audiologists are well equipped to diagnose and treat it. We conduct any combination of standard hearing tests, movement tests, and imaging tests to determine possible causes of your tinnitus. Psychoacoustic matching procedures are also used to measure the loudness of the ringing in your ears, so we can customize a treatment plan to your needs.
Our team will examine your ears, head, and neck to look for possible causes of tinnitus. Testing options also include a standard hearing test; movement tests (to see how they do or do not affect your symptoms); and imaging tests. We will also measure the loudness of tinnitus from a range of 1 (low loudness) to 10 (high loudness) using psychoacoustic matching tinnitus sound therapy procedures (measurements of tinnitus pitch and loudness). Additionally, anxiety from tinnitus is measured using a questionnaire.
Contact us to learn more about our tinnitus treatment options! We make sure that your consultation will be worth the time. As part of your tinnitus exam, we’ll work with you to determine the best tinnitus therapy for your individual circumstances. Schedule an appointment online or call 412-347-5550 today with one of our providers at a location near you.
Although there is no single cure for tinnitus, there are several treatments that may give you some relief. Not every treatment works for everyone, so the team at Hearing Unlimited will work with you to determine the best treatment for tinnitus in your unique ears.
Some of the most effective tinnitus treatments we provide include:
As part of tinnitus care, it’s also important to consider your mental health. If you worry that your diagnosis is causing stress, anxiety, depression, or other similar and troubling symptoms, don’t hesitate to bring it up to your audiologist during your consultation, and speak with your primary care provider about your symptoms.
The cause of tinnitus is not completely understood yet. Tinnitus is not a disease but rather a sign of something else. It can be due to flaws in your hearing system, misfiring in the brain, or even due to prescription medications. The most common cause of tinnitus, however, is hearing loss. Current theories suggest that when hearing declines, the brain can develop its own noise to make up for the lack of sound signals coming from the ear.
New research has found that many people report the onset of tinnitus after experiencing depression or significant stress or anxiety. It is essential to identify the symptoms and see an audiologist for a full evaluation to investigate possible causes.
Many medicines -- including aspirin, Aleve, Advil, and Indocin – can cause tinnitus due to an effect known as ototoxicity. Likewise, some antibiotics, such as gentamicin and erythromycin, also can induce tinnitus. Foods often implicated in turning up the tinnitus volume include those with caffeine and salt – and Tonic water, due to its quinine content, can also make Tinnitus worse.
If you’re ready to start receiving treatment and finding relief for your tinnitus, the team of audiologists at Hearing Unlimited is here to help. We make scheduling your first appointment easy -- just use our online tool to select a day and time that works for you. We’re also proud to offer tinnitus treatment through our teleaudiology services.