Tinnitus is the ringing you hear in your ears. It can sound like hissing, roaring, pulsing, whooshing, chirping, whistling, or clicking. It is important to realize that Tinnitus can have many different causes; it should be thought of as a symptom and not as a disease. It is most commonly a symptom of hearing loss, caused by a problem localized to the ear or occurring along the neural pathway between the ear and the brain. Some medicines can cause tinnitus, as can stress and anxiety. Other common causes include neck or jaw problems, traumatic brain injuries, migraines and even stress. Tinnitus should be evaluated by your Otolaryngologist (ENT Specialist) and Audiologist to determine if there are any medical conditions which need to be treated.
The goal of this treatment is to desensitize the brain to the sounds of tinnitus and to reduce the patient’s annoyance with the sound. This approach uses a specialized acoustic stimulus aimed at targeting the effects of auditory deprivation and combining this with relaxing music. It is used to desensitize the brain to tinnitus by “reprogramming” neuronal responses.