The Common Symptoms and Causes of Tinnitus

Tinnitus is commonly known as a symptom for about 75% of ear-related diseases. Generally, tinnitus is perceived as ringing in the ears when there is no external source of sound. But in reality, tinnitus is much more than that and can also include noises such as roaring, buzzing, hissing, whistling and pounding. If you hear these sounds at night when you are trying to sleep, or in a calm and quiet place, it’s likely that you have tinnitus. Like all symptoms, the severity of tinnitus will vary greatly by individual. Meaning that while tinnitus might not be unbearable for you, it could be quite the opposite for someone else.

Wondering how you got tinnitus in the first place? It’s estimated that roughly 37% of adult Canadians experience tinnitus to some degree. While it can be caused by various events, tinnitus is most commonly the cause of exposure to loud noises, aging, ear infections and ear damage caused by ototoxic drugs. If you think you have tinnitus, contact NexGen Hearing for a thorough assessment and diagnosis.

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Getting Tinnitus Treatments in British Columbia

Being that tinnitus is a symptom and not a disorder, the first step of tinnitus treatment is a proper assessment and diagnosis of your tinnitus. Before we can find a solution and treatment for your tinnitus, we look at the underlying cause of this invasive, overwhelming symptom.

When you choose NexGen Hearing for your tinnitus treatment in BC, we work hard to identify and treat the disorder which is causing your tinnitus. As tinnitus is often the cause of hearing loss from aging or loud noises, our audiologists will perform a hearing aid fitting and consultation session to best discuss your hearing needs, goals and options. If you are concerned about your tinnitus, book a free, no-obligation consultation at your nearest NexGen Hearing clinic.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Tinnitus can be described as experiencing the perception of sound without any external sources. People who are affected by tinnitus often describe it as a persistent running, hissing, buzzing, or roaring sound that can be “heard” in one or both ears.

Tinnitus is a hearing condition that occurs spontaneously. It is usually related to an underlying condition such as age-related hearing loss, an injury, or an issue with your circulatory system. Tinnitus is most commonly caused by exposure to loud noises, aging, or ear infections. The sounds from tinnitus can make communicating with others difficult and cause discomfort in your everyday life. If you think you might be suffering from tinnitus, it would be best to visit one of our hearing health professionals at a NexGen Hearing clinic in BC.

There is no complete cure for tinnitus. However, hearing aids can make the symptoms of tinnitus far less severe. Hearing aids enhance external sounds so that the inner sounds from tinnitus are not as prominent. Tinnitus masking is also a feature of many modern hearing aids. These hearing aids use white noise to hide the sounds of tinnitus. This allows your brain to focus on external sounds. Visit one of our NexGen Hearing clinics in BC to learn more about how hearing aids can help you manage your tinnitus symptoms.

Tinnitus is a result of a variety of conditions. In some cases, hearing aids are not able to help someone manage their tinnitus symptoms. Hearing aids are best used for tinnitus masking when the symptoms are caused by hearing loss. If you’re suffering from higher frequencies of tinnitus, like high pitch hissing or buzzing, hearing aids are less likely to provide you with relief. If you’re experiencing tinnitus and would like to explore using hearing aids to manage the symptoms, visit one of our hearing clinics in BC.

It’s estimated that nearly 15% of the general population experience tinnitus – with it being much more common in older adults.

No, there is no treatment available to cure tinnitus. In some cases, tinnitus symptoms may dissipate on their own or lessen in severity. However, if your tinnitus is the result of hearing loss, it will likely result in long-term or permanent tinnitus. Our audiologists at NexGen Hearing will be able to help you explore treatment options for managing tinnitus in BC. Visit one of our clinics today.

People who suffer from tinnitus often notice it more when they’re in a quiet environment. This makes falling asleep extremely difficult. Some people find using a sound machine or a white noise app useful. The added noise helps drown out the ringing or buzzing caused by tinnitus. If you’re suffering from tinnitus and would like to learn more about managing the symptoms, visit a NexGen Hearing clinic in BC.

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