Tinnitus is a very common hearing condition for us to see. You’ve likely even seen advertisements for treatments for it. Tinnitus, also called Head Noises, presents itself in a variety of ways.

  • A constant high-pitched sound
  • “Ringing in the ears”
  • A chirping sound, sometimes similar to a cricket
  • A rustling sound
  • A roar
  • Various and shifting sounds

Regardless of the exact sound, Tinnitus describes perceived noises that are only audible to the person experiencing it. This constant sound can be very irritating and usually causes the sufferer to seek help. Some may only find it mildly irritating. Either way, those experiencing these symptoms should see a hearing specialist.

Sign of a greater problem?

Simply because one has symptoms of Tinnitus does not mean there is a larger problem, but there could be. Tinnitus is often accompanied by hearing loss, especially to high-pitched sounds, so it’s very important to have this addressed early to avoid further damage.

How do you pronounce “Tinnitus?”

Tinnitus has two correct pronunciations: Tin’-uh-tus or Ti-nigh’-tis

What causes Tinnitus?

There are many different causes of Tinnitus. Certain medications can cause the “ringing.” Other possible causes might include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • TMJ
  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Tumors
  • Noise exposure

While the cause is not always evident, we do know it is not a sign of old age. Tinnitus affects people of all cultures and ages – including children. It is estimated that 50 million Americans suffer from Tinnitus.

Treatment for Tinnitus

There are treatments available for Tinnitus. We have treated many people in New Bern, Greenville, and Wilmington for this condition and will be happy to evaluate and treat you, as well.