Trusted Audiologist For Tinnitus Relief in Mississauga, ON

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Those with chronic tinnitus often find it difficult to concentrate while working or studying, struggle to relax or find it nearly impossible to get a good night’s sleep due to the severity of symptoms. Chronic tinnitus does not cause hearing loss, but it is often found with hearing loss.

If you’re struggling with ringing in your ears, you probably want to know, “Can someone help provide tinnitus relief near me?”

Fortunately, the Audiologists at Port Credit Audiology & Hearing Aid Clinic understand your struggle with tinnitus, and are eager to provide you with answers about tinnitus and practical management solutions that lead to tinnitus relief and limit its impact on your daily life.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tinnitus

What is tinnitus?

Sometimes misunderstood as a disease, tinnitus is actually a symptom of a neurological condition that causes the perception of sounds that are not actually there, similar to “phantom limb” pain experienced by amputees.

What causes tinnitus?

No one has identified a specific cause for tinnitus because it is a symptom of some other condition, like damage to the inner ear (usually associated with hearing loss), a middle ear infection, buildup of fluid in the middle ear, Meniere’s disease or earwax buildup. It can also be linked to the use of ototoxic drugs and medications, high blood pressure, hyper/hypothyroidism, diabetes and acoustic neuromas.

What are the different types of tinnitus?

There are two main types: subjective tinnitus, in which the sounds can only be heard by the person affected, and objective tinnitus, which can also be heard by your doctor by using a stethoscope or other listening device.

What if the sound I hear isn’t ringing?

Many experience a ringing sound, but others with tinnitus hear buzzing, humming, crickets, clicking, or similar sounds. In addition, the sounds can be continuous or pulsating.

Can you have tinnitus in just one ear?

Some people experience sounds in only one ear, some in both ears and some perceive a sound inside their head rather than in the ears. Even when symptoms are present in both ears, the volume may be different for each ear, and the type or pitch may be different as well.

Is there a cure for my tinnitus?

Without a definitive cause, there is no definitive cure for tinnitus. However, tinnitus symptoms caused by an underlying medical condition, injury or drug reaction may be limited or eliminated by addressing the underlying cause.

Can my tinnitus be improved?

Using verified tinnitus management solutions, more than 80% of people are able to see improvement to their tinnitus symptoms and limit its effects on their daily lives.

Do hearing aids help relieve tinnitus?

Because tinnitus symptoms can be the result of damage to the inner ear, many people who have tinnitus also have some degree of hearing loss. Using hearing aids often provides tinnitus relief because the amplification of natural sounds around you provides masking of the symptoms, or they may be able to use tinnitus masking applications featured with various hearing aid models.

Will a special diet make my tinnitus disappear?

Certain foods and food additives can trigger or exacerbate tinnitus, but they are not the root cause. Tinnitus management strategies can include lifestyle and dietary changes to reduce symptoms, but they cannot alleviate tinnitus on their own.

What can I do to prevent or minimize tinnitus?

Here are some tips to help you prevent or minimize tinnitus:

  • Reduce your exposure to extremely loud noise with ear protection.
  • Avoid total silence.
  • Decrease your intake of salt.
  • Monitor and treat your blood pressure.
  • Avoid the use of stimulants like caffeine and nicotine.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Manage your stress.

What is Tinnitus?

Port Credit Audiology Helps You Manage the Ringing in Your Ears

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Hearing Aids

For patients with hearing loss along with tinnitus, hearing aids are one of the most effective solutions available for managing tinnitus. Optimizing the hearing function can help improve both your hearing and your tinnitus. Hearing aids can:

  • Help to overcome communication difficulties caused by tinnitus-related hearing problems.
  • Alleviate stress in difficult listening situations
  • Increase the prominence of the surrounding natural sounds, thereby reducing the perception of tinnitus
  • Use dedicated tinnitus sound therapy programs and masking features found on modern digital hearing aids, which can be used for patients with or without a hearing loss

There are special considerations when programming a hearing aid for an individual with tinnitus. It is vital to work with an Audiologist to get the most from your hearing aids and find relief from your tinnitus.

Sound Therapy

The phantom noise heard by many patients is best relieved by introducing an environment of real sound. White noise machines are popular because they create a pleasant background noise that masks or deadens tinnitus.

Sound therapy helps those struggling with tinnitus to shift their attention away from the tinnitus sounds by placing it in the background behind a more pleasant sound, making it less noticeable. Sound therapy is especially helpful for those who find it difficult to fall asleep at night because of their tinnitus.

In conjunction with sound therapy, many are also helped by learning various relaxation and meditation exercises in conjunction with sound therapy to help manage tinnitus.

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Progressive Tinnitus Management (PTM)

In learning how to manage reactions to their tinnitus, patients can use their knowledge to address any tinnitus situation in the future. To accomplish this objective, we use PTM, an audiologist-led counselling program designed to help patients reduce or manage how they react to their tinnitus.

The program makes use of five different levels of treatment from basic counselling and education to long-term follow-up. It differs from other programs available because it offers different levels of support capable of meeting each patient’s individual needs.

Schedule a Tinnitus Assessment

Just because there is no cure for tinnitus does not mean we can’t help manage or improve your tinnitus.

If you or a loved one is frustrated by the ringing, buzzing or humming sounds of tinnitus on an ongoing basis and ready to find a solution, Port Credit Audiology & Hearing Aid Clinic has a professional team trained in tinnitus relief ready to help you.

To take your life back from the ongoing frustration caused by tinnitus, submit the adjacent form to schedule a tinnitus assessment.

Don’t want to wait? Call us at: (905) 990-3755

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