January 26 , 2017 /

February is tinnitus awareness month!


Tinnitus is the perception of a sound that has no external source. Some of the more common sounds reported are: ringing, humming, buzzing, and cricket-like. It can also be a combination of sounds, and for many, the sound of their tinnitus actually changes. It can be constant or intermittent and is heard in one ear, both ears or in the head. Tinnitus is almost always accompanied by hearing loss. If you have tinnitus, you should have your hearing tested by a hearing health professional. Some 30 million adults suffer from persistent tinnitus (it can also affect children). For 12 million, the problem is severe enough that it impacts their everyday life. Since tinnitus can be a symptom of a more serious disorder, it is important to have an appropriate health evaluation.

There is help available! You can do something about it. People coming to tinnitus clinics typically are either: Curious, concerned, or distressed. The curious patients have some basic concerns and enquire about therapies. Concerned patients are bothered by their tinnitus, and want detailed information and strategies for reducing the impact of their tinnitus. Distressed patients are very bothered. They require professional help to reduce their stress and improve their coping abilities. None of these responses are wrong. Everyone’s tinnitus is a bit different, and we are all different people with different life experiences, weaknesses and strengths. Some people do not appear to be too bothered by their tinnitus, but most would wish it would go away. Tinnitus can have a direct influence on: Thoughts and emotions, hearing, sleep, and concentration.


Some people with tinnitus (39%) say that the sound of the tinnitus competes with or masks things they are trying to hear. Most people with tinnitus also have a hearing loss, and it is not always easy to tell whether hearing difficulties are due to the hearing loss or to the tinnitus. There are many things you can do to improve your listening strategies, and hearing aids often improve hearing and tinnitus! We offer complimentary Tinnitus Assessments at the Audiology Centers of Hoglund Family Hearing!


Many tinnitus sufferers (20%) report that when they are in their quiet bedroom, their tinnitus interferes with them getting to sleep. It can also make it more difficult to get back to sleep when we wake up in the middle of the night. Some even report that their tinnitus is worse after waking up in the morning, or even after a brief afternoon nap. There are many things you can do to nurture your sleep experience, and most individuals with tinnitus benefit from sound therapy while falling asleep. Sleep deprivation can dramatically increase stress… and stress can increase tinnitus, creating a nasty circle that negatively impacts the tinnitus sufferers’ quality of life!

Medications and Dietary Supplements

It is clear that despite many advertising claims, no medication or herbal supplement has been shown in well-designed studies to cure tinnitus. Although there are no medications to treat the tinnitus, sometimes a medication can cause tinnitus, and stopping or changing that medication can eliminate the tinnitus. It can even be the interactions of taking two or more medications that can be causing the tinnitus. Of course, you should check with whomever prescribed the medication(s) before stopping them.

Managing tinnitus

There are many things you can do to help yourself manage your tinnitus. Finding a good tinnitus care provider can greatly improve your quality of life! If you have tinnitus, you likely have a hearing loss as well. The poorer your hearing, the more difficulty you will have communicating. In addition to your hearing loss, your tinnitus can also interfere with your hearing. Counseling and sound therapy, including the use of hearing aids, can be very helpful. The Audiology Centers of Hoglund Family Hearing specialize in tinnitus testing and treatment protocols! Please call (239)494-8651 to schedule a FREE Hearing Test and Complimentary Tinnitus consultation! Clinics are conveniently located in Fort Myers, Estero, North Fort Myers, and Bonita Springs. All it will COST is a little of your time… but the knowledge you receive may be PRICELESS!


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