Ringing in Ears - St. Augustine ENT

Ringing in the ears can occur for many different reasons and is a condition that most of us will experience at some time in our life. Also referred to as tinnitus, this ear disorder causes people to hear unusual noises in one or both ears when there is no such sound present in the environment. These noises may be subtle or loud and can make it difficult for you to fall asleep or perform regular activities such as reading or studying.

If the microscopic hairs in the inner ear are bent or damaged, they can send false nerve signals to the brain. Since the brain interprets the inaccurate nerve signals as sounds, ringing, buzzing, hissing, blowing or other abnormal noises may be heard in one or both ears. Fortunately, there are steps you can take and ear treatments that our ear doctor can prescribe to reduce or eliminate tinnitus.

Risk Factors and Causes

In many cases, patients can help prevent tinnitus by managing certain risk factors to include:

  • ear injury from loud noise
  • head and neck cancer
  • antibiotics, medications or aspirin
  • age-related hearing loss

Tinnitus Hearing Aids

Recent advances in assistive hearing devices has led to tinnitus hearing aids with adjustable (patient-preferred) sound stimulus. Using the new XINO device from Starkey® gives our hearing professional the latest tinnitus management options and could offer you immediate relief for ringing in the ears. Whether you are bothered by ringing, buzzing, hissing, chirping or other noises in your ears, contact our hearing specialist to determine if you are a good candidate for the newest approach to tinnitus relief in St. Augustine.

If you are tired of living with unusual sounds that are not occurring the world around you, call us at 904.461.6060 or use this website's convenient contact form for a prompt email response. Our ENT specialists can diagnose and treat ear disorders that cause ringing, buzzing, hissing or other abnormal noises in one or both ears.

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