Tinnitus can negatively impact your social life, work life, and routine activities. Hoffmann Audiology helps you get relief from tinnitus by providing the best treatments to ensure exceptional results.
We strive to deliver personalized and exceptional tinnitus care to our patients. Dr. Chris Hoffmann has more than 14 years of clinical expertise and competence in diagnosing and tinnitus management with outstanding results.
Many cases of tinnitus (or ringing in the ears) are temporary in nature, which means they come on for a few minutes or hours and go away on their own. Such cases of tinnitus do not require any medical treatment. However, you should schedule an appointment with your medical doctor if your tinnitus doesn’t improve or go away in a couple of hours.
At Hoffmann Audiology, you can receive result-oriented care to help with your tinnitus. Dr. Chris Hoffmann will assess the causes, symptoms, and severity of your tinnitus and recommend appropriate ways to help you manage it.
Our initial treatments for tinnitus include:
If you have tinnitus due to excessive ear wax, we will clean your ears. Removing wax can help decrease your tinnitus symptoms.
If the cause of your tinnitus is due to a medication you are taking, we will recommend a discussion with your medical doctor about reducing the usage of that medication or switching to a different medication.
People with tinnitus may experience various emotions, such as depression, anxiety, anger, and stress. Behavioral therapy is recommended to treat such emotions and change the way you think about tinnitus. We can provide you information about therapy options.
Hearing aids are often very helpful for treating tinnitus. Many models are available with tinnitus masking features that help to reduce the wearer’s perception of tinnitus and provide relief from the buzzing, hissing or ringing noise in your ears. There are different types of hearing aids from which to choose. We are an independent audiology practice and offer technology from all major brands. We can help you explore various options and choose the one that suits your budget, hearing ability, and lifestyle.
Patients with tinnitus may find relief with this therapy. Tinnitus therapy involves retraining your brain to hear and block out certain sounds, which helps to ease your symptoms. Once your brain is adapted to the sound of tinnitus, you become less aware of it. We can provide you information about this therapy option and how to obtain it.
People with tinnitus may experience these sounds:
Factors that contribute to tinnitus include:
Other possible tinnitus causes include:
Blood vessel disorders can lead to tinnitus, which may include:
An audiologist will examine and evaluate the underlying causes and severity of tinnitus and recommend the best treatment to reduce your perception of tinnitus and its symptoms.
In most cases, tinnitus will go away on its own regardless of the cause. However, it does not mean that you can wait for some months or years until your tinnitus disappears. If your tinnitus impacts your quality of life and does not improve within two weeks, you should visit an audiologist for treatment.
Factors that may increase your risk for tinnitus include:
Tinnitus is not considered an emergency. However, it can be an early sign of progressive hearing loss and getting treatment on time can help you manage your symptoms. Sudden-onset tinnitus along with sudden-onset hearing loss is an emergency, though, as it may be treatable if diagnosed and addressed within the first 72 hours. If you experience sudden-onset hearing loss with or without tinnitus, seek immediate medical attention.
When you grow older, the number of functioning nerve fibers in your ears may decrease, which can lead to hearing problems that are associated with tinnitus. Tinnitus is most common in people more than 40 years of age and in more men than women.
Only very rarely. Acoustic neuroma, a low-grade brain tumor, can cause hearing loss or tinnitus in the affected ear.
In some cases, it can. During the cold weather, our ears may produce more wax, which can lead to tinnitus.
Research has linked caffeine to tinnitus, and reduction or elimination of caffeine from the diet is commonly recommended for tinnitus sufferers.
Many tinnitus patients report that daytime background noise helps to mask the sound of tinnitus. In quiet environments, however, there is nothing to distract from the tinnitus, so it becomes more pronounced.
Practicing good sleeping habits help you sleep better:
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