If you found us because you have a persistent,
bothersome ringing, roaring, buzzing, or humming in your
ears or your head – sound that never goes away unless
you’re busy or in a noisy room – you’re in the right place!
This constant, annoying noise is referred to as "tinnitus," which is defined as the perception of sound when no corresponding external sound is present. It can interfere with concentration and is exacerbated by stress or fatigue. It affects between 10-15% of people and can seriously adversely affect a person’s quality of life.
The most frequent cause of tinnitus is damage to the hearing system, but it can exist without hearing loss, too. It is typically described as a ringing, roaring, buzzing or humming, but occasionally takes the form of a continuous high-pitched whining, whistling, hissing, sizzling, tinging, or even crickets/cicadas sound that never goes away.
Besides being annoying, it can cause anxiety, depression, and even panic attacks because the sufferer feels trapped by something over which they have no control. Even worse, the sounds can intensify with stress or fatigue, which means that your stress about tinnitus can exacerbate your tinnitus ‒ a challenging cycle!
Prior to coming to us, many of our patients have tried all sorts of things to alleviate their suffering ‒ lotions, pills, massage, you name it, and few have found any relief.
But the good news is that there is real help available!
If you or someone you care about is suffering from tinnitus, the audiologists at Hearing and Speech Connection have a unique approach to treat this burdensome problem.