What Is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the experience of hearing sound coming from within one or both of your ears. Sometimes it is experienced as sound in your head. It is often described as a ringing, buzzing, or whistling noise. This is usually due to a minor disorder of your hearing system. Moreover, tinnitus is often associated with aging or exposure to loud noise. It is a symptom and it is not a disease.
Although tinnitus can sometimes be very distressing, it is usually not life-threatening. You can recover the quality of your life. You may not be able to get rid of the noise completely. But you can gradually reduce or eliminate the way it affects you until you hardly notice it.
Beauport Hearing Care offers professional evaluation and treatment. Each person's individual evaluation and preferences determine our approach to care. Moreover, treatment options include use of technology and counseling. Finally, it may take time – this is quite normal. But treatment is proven effective.
Your Hearing System
When you hear outside sounds, these sounds travel in waves in the air. These vibrations are converted by your inner ear (cochlea) into nerve signals that are like tiny electrical currents. These signals pass up your hearing nerve to the base of your brain. Your brain then sorts out what is immediately important. It usually ignores meaningless sounds. And it can learn to do the same with the internal sound of your tinnitus.
We can distinguish particular sounds in a great hubbub of other sounds. For example, most people can probably pick out the sound of their name uttered by someone in a room of chattering people. They can also detect a single musical instrument in a full orchestra. Unfortunately, many people tend to do this with their tinnitus when it starts. We naturally home in on that new, unfamiliar, and unwanted noise. But thankfully our brain's hearing system is responsive to the power of treatment.
Care and Services
Beauport Hearing Care professionals personally live with persistent tinnitus. Moreover, our board certified hearing specialist, Judith A Bergeron, BC-HIS is the only Tinnitus Care Provider on the North Shore, holding a certificate from the International Hearing Society. In addition, our specialist is a professional member of the American Tinnitus Association.
We evaluate symptoms and recommend evidence-based treatments that provide relief. Our approach employs protocols developed by Richard S. Tyler, PhD, AuD and colleagues at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.
Beauport Hearing Care gratefully acknowledges the kind permission of Richard S. Tyler, PhD to reprint content for 'What Is Tinnitus?' and 'Your Hearing System' from Tinnitus Treatment Clinical Protocols, Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc., 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001.