Tinnitus

Our practice, conveniently located in Wexford, PA, can help you with Tinnitus. Call (724) 933-3440 or book an appointment online!
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Francis Audiology Associates LLC

Pittsburgh's Leading Audiologists and Hearing Aid Specialists located in Wexford, PA

Tinnitus is an annoying ear noise that people describe as buzzing, hissing, humming, roaring, whistling, cricket-like or pulsatile. As many as one in 10 of the population is estimated to have tinnitus, but only 1 to 2 percent of those will find their tinnitus debilitating.

Our Audiologists at Francis Audiology Associates will evaluate your symptoms and work with you to find the best course of treatment for your Tinnitus. Our practice is conveniently located in Wexford, PA, serving all communities in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Call (724) 933-3440 or book an appointment online!

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FAQs on Tinnitus:

What causes Tinnitus?

The cause of tinnitus is poorly understood. Tinnitus is not a disease but rather a sign of something else that is going on in your hearing system or brain. The most common cause of tinnitus 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. Medicines can cause tinnitus such as aspirin and the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Motrin, Aleve, Advil, and Indocin. The antibiotics gentamicin and erythromycin also can induce tinnitus. So can the water pill, Lasix. Foods often implicated in turning up the tinnitus volume include those with caffeine and salt. Tonic water, due to the quinine in it, can make Tinnitus worse. New research has found that many people report the onset of tinnitus after experiencing depression or significant stress or anxiety.

 

Can Tinnitus be treated?

Although there is no cure for tinnitus, There are several treatments that may give you some relief. Not every treatment works for everyone, so you may need to try several to find the ones that help.

  1. Hearing aids: Most people with tinnitus have some degree of hearing loss. Hearing aids create a dual benefit of enhancing hearing and masking or covering up the tinnitus. The majority of patients with tinnitus receive partial or complete relief from their tinnitus with the use of hearing aids.
  2. Maskers: Maskers are now integral with most hearing aids. Traditional tinnitus maskers are small electronic devices that look like hearing aids and are tuned to generate sound that masks or covers up the tinnitus. Like hearing aids, they may provide relief from the tinnitus, but will not enhance hearing and may interfere with understanding speech. Many types of devices, such as fans, radios and sound generators can be used as tinnitus maskers to help tinnitus sufferers to fall asleep or get back to sleep.
  3. Medicine or drug therapy: Some tinnitus sufferers develop anxiety and other strong emotional responses to their tinnitus. Certain medicines may provide relief from these emotional reactions.
  4. Counseling: People with tinnitus may experience anxiety, depression and other psychiatric problems. You may be referred to a psychiatrist or counselor as needed.
  5. Relaxing: Learning how to relax is very helpful if the noise in your ears frustrates you. Stress makes tinnitus seem worse. By relaxing, you have a chance to rest and better deal with the sound.

If your hearing evaluation reveals you have hearing loss, we can treat your tinnitus symptoms with hearing aids or other listening devices. At Francis Audiology Associates, we offer you several devices specifically designed for tinnitus relief. Our office is open from 8 am to 5 pm every Tuesday and Thursday and from 8 am to 4 pm every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Call or book an appointment today!

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