Hearing Exams and Consultations
It’s important to have an accurate and timely hearing examination. The hearing assessment is the beginning of your treatment. Action on hearing loss is essential for your unique care plan to be set in motion.
Many people may find visiting a medical Professional stressful. Below is a short explanation of what you can expect during an initial visit to our office.
- A medical history: We’ll start by taking a detailed history as it applies to your ears and hearing. We will ask a series of questions about your medical, job, and personal life.
- Ear examination: The next step is to have your ears examined. We must scrutinize the ears for any physical condition that may be a cause of the hearing loss.
- Pure-tone audiometry: This is likely what you consider to be a “hearing test.” Sounds and phrases are used to assess your ability to hear.
Do you hear a ringing, roaring, clicking or hissing sound in your ears?
Do you hear this often or all the time?
Does the sound bother you a lot?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have tinnitus. Tinnitus therapy can quiet the noise in your ears and may be right for you.
Tinnitus (tin-NY-tus) is a common condition where a person experiences a ringing, rushing or buzzing in the ears. Tinnitus will not cause you to go deaf, but its presence may affect your daily activities. Our professionals can help recommend a course of action to deal with this persistent problem. Each person has an individual response to treatment; our goal is to work with you to relieve this condition.
What Causes Tinnitus?
Roughly 25 million Americans have experienced tinnitus, a symptom associated with many forms of hearing problems. (It can also be a symptom of other health problems.)
Tinnitus is typically caused by:
- Hearing Loss: Most people who have tinnitus also have some kind of hearing loss.
- Loud Noise: Exposure to loud noise can cause permanent hearing loss and tinnitus. Continued exposure can make the tinnitus and hearing loss become worse.
- Medication: More than 200 medicines, including aspirin, can cause tinnitus. If you have tinnitus and you take medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether your medicine could be the cause.
- Other potential causes: Allergies, tumors, and problems in the heart and blood vessels, jaw and neck can cause tinnitus.