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Have Ringing in Your Ears?

Tinnitus is known as a ringing, roaring, clicking, hissing, or buzzing sound you experience in your ears, even if there is no outside source of the sound.

According to the American Tinnitus Association, 50 million Americans experience tinnitus to some degree, 16 million have tinnitus severe enough that they seek medical attention, and 2 million Americans have tinnitus so severe that it affects their ability to function on a daily basis.

It is important to remember that tinnitus in itself is a symptom. It doesn't necessarily mean something is wrong with you ears, but it often means that you have been exposed to high levels of noise or you have a degree of hearing damage. However, there are many other factors that can cause tinnitus such as stress levels, head colds, certain medicines, ear or sinus infections, heart disease, brain tumors, hormonal changes, thyroid abnormalities, Ménierè's disease, and more.

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Hearing Aids Can Help

The good news is that while there is no known cure for persistent tinnitus, there are treatment options available. Many hearing aids have tinnitus therapy features that help soothe ringing in the ears and help you focus on the sound you’re supposed to hear.

Many of the world’s leading hearing aids have advanced their tinnitus therapies greatly to address all aspects of tinnitus. They offer a wide range of customizable tinnitus relief sounds—from white noise to ocean waves—for your hearing aid. This can even be controlled through an app for your smartphone, opening up a whole new world of tinnitus relief. Depending on your severity of tinnitus, you can also use sound generators, special pillows, or additional smartphone apps to play sounds that reduce tinnitus.

If tinnitus is impacting your life, make an appointment with your local provider today.