Have you ever experienced buzzing, ringing, whooshing, hissing, or whistling sensations in your ears?

If you have, or ARE, then the likelihood is that you have tinnitus, so don’t panic – you can stop thinking you’re going crazy.

Tinnitus isn’t too harmful and can be treated very easily.

So, what is Tinnitus?

Like a mirage, tinnitus tricks you into believing there’s a noise in your ear when in actual fact, there isn’t. Whether it’s loud, quiet, consistent, or sporadic, its severity can vary, yet for the 44 million Americans of all ages who suffer with it, it’s safe to say its presence is always disruptive and unwelcome.

Tinnitus isn’t a disorder in itself; it is a symptom of another issue such as a build-up of earwax, an infection, or hearing loss.

There are two types, Subjective and Objective – the former being the most common and the type only you can hear, and the latter being quite rare where the doctor can also hear it.

(Please note, if you believe you have Objective Tinnitus, we advise you speak to a doctor as soon as you can.)

That said, there is no “cure” for tinnitus, although in many cases, if treated quickly, it can go away by itself.

How does Tinnitus develop?

Tinnitus is most commonly caused by prolonged exposure to loud noises, stress, compacted ear wax, hearing loss, vertigo, prolonged exposure to high pressure (i.e. high altitude), or even drug use.

Although it isn’t too serious, it can be hugely discomforting and can affect your sleep and concentration.

How to deal with it

So you’re pretty sure you have Tinnitus – what should you do? Firstly, we advise you see an Audiologist as soon as you can, as oftentimes Tinnitus can be managed really easily if treated quickly.

You’re welcome to book a Comprehensive Hearing Test with us where we’ll be able to diagnose the issue and recommend the best course of treatment.

Just call us today at  480-684-1080  to speak with one of our friendly Audiologists and book your slot.

Other treatments include:

  • Masking techniques, such as listening to a fan or soft radio
  • Sound source generators designed to sound more like your environment and less like the Tinnitus hiss!
  • Biofeedback training that can help you relax your muscles thus relieving some of the discomfort
  • Medication – although, we must warn that no medication can dissolve your Tinnitus, so other techniques are encouraged
Is there any good news?

We’re happy to say there is. Tinnitus will not make you deaf, and for many patients – up to 50% in some cases – they report that their Tinnitus decreased over time to the point where they didn’t even hear it anymore.

Hooray!

On a serious note, though, please do not rely on time alone to heal this annoying condition. As Audiologists, we have your best interests at heart and want to ensure you get the best advice that’s bespoke and relevant to you.

What to do next …

Bearing the above in mind, we hope we’ve made a good enough case for you to care about your ears the way we do.

Our Comprehensive Hearing Test is suitable for all ages and if anything, gives you the peace of mind that you’re in the right place at the right time doing what’s best for you and your ears.

After all, no one should suffer alone.

Call us at 480-684-1080 or fill out our online form to book yourself an appointment today.
From all of us here at Scottsdale, we hope to hear from you soon!

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Dr. Debra L. Hamila, Au.D., CCC/A

Dr. Debra L. Hamila, Au.D., CCC/A

Debra Hamila received her master’s degree in audiology from Cleveland State University and her Au.D. from Arizona School of Health Sciences and has been a practicing audiologist for more than 33 years. She has worked in a variety of ENT offices, hospital, and clinical settings.
    You don’t realise you’re walking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again – Regina’s Story

    Regina has suffered from hearing problems since she was an infant, recognized as regular chronic ear infections. And, as with unfortunate events, she has experienced a multitude of audiology catastrophes.

    It was many years before Regina crossed paths with Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat; where her lifetime of hearing problems was addressed effectively and treated with the delicate care that she desperately required.

    Regina’s journey began when she was taken to a regular paediatrician by her mother from a young age. Her ears were, what we describe as an audiologists recipe for disaster, ‘flushed out’.

    This dangerous procedure caused a nasty infection, which spread to her mastoid bone and, at the age of 15, she underwent a tympanoplasty mastoidectomy to stop the infection spreading. This only forbade her future struggles with hearing loss. 

    As with poor diagnosis, Regina was faced with another canaloplasty which didn’t work. Soon after, she received a BAHA, which is a cochlear implant in her skull that acts as a sound processor that detects sound and transforms it into vibrations. 

    However, suffering from a history of poor hearing care, she was unaware of the former issues her ear presented.

    By now, this would be described as any audiologists nightmare. But, we’re proud to have helped Regina on her road to optimum hearing and reconnect her to her loved ones.

    When she arrived at Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat it was evident that she was losing hearing on her right side. At this point, she was fitted with a ReSound hearing device, which provided the catalyst to a new and improved hearing.

    The first thing Regina noticed was the indefinite sound she had been making whilst emptying the dishwasher, completely unaware of the noise she was making!

    “I mean, the detail that I can hear now it’s like, Whoa, I didn’t realize I was making that much noise. I need to be quieter!”

    Treated with professional care, Regina received a comprehensive hearing assessment with Dr. Debra Hamila.

    “I just love, love, love Dr. Hamila, she is such a professional and loving person. I was so impressed with the office and what she did with the ReSound, I just love her.”

    Like many others, it takes years for people to realize they have a hearing problem. Regina described this moment as life-changing.

    “You don’t realise you’re walking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again. Especially now I’m a full-time Grammy Nanny, I can hear so much more and it has enriched my life incredibly.”

    What advice would you give to someone who is deliberating on taking the first step towards better hearing?

    “My advice to them would be to have a hearing test. Especially as we age our hearing goes down. It’s really unfortunate that people carry their pride and are not willing to learn to walk with the rock in their shoe. You don’t realise you’re waking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again.”

    Regina is one of many patients who has been impacted by our audiological services and we are proud to have been able to provide the tool towards better hearing and a lifetime of many more memories.