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!
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.
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.
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!