Have you ever been lying in bed at night and found yourself tossing and turning due to hearing a continuous noise or hum that you can’t seem to find the source of?

There’s a good chance it could be tinnitus. There’s no need to fret though, as Silicon Valley’s most trusted hearing care experts at Pacific Hearing Service have solutions for you!

Tinnitus, commonly known as “ringing in the ears“, is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by the perception of sound in the absence of any external source.

Tinnitus can take many forms, including ringing, buzzing, humming, hissing, or clicking. These sounds may be continuous or intermittent and can occur in one or both ears. For an in-depth explanation of tinnitus, view our tinnitus assessments page.

What Causes Tinnitus?

If you’ve ever wondered why your ears are seemingly ringing, you’re not alone. For some individuals, tinnitus may be a temporary condition that goes away on its own.

For others, it can become a chronic and debilitating problem that can interfere with daily life.

Tinnitus is not a disease but rather a symptom of an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, exposure to loud noise, or certain medications.

One common cause of sudden ringing in the ears is exposure to loud noise. This can include attending a concert, working in a loud environment, or even using earphones at high volumes. Exposure to loud noise can damage the hair cells in the inner ear, leading to tinnitus.

Another common cause of tinnitus is age-related hearing loss. As we age, our hearing ability gradually declines, and this can lead to tinnitus.

In some cases, tinnitus may also be a symptom of a more serious condition, such as Meniere’s disease, otosclerosis, or acoustic neuroma.

Is Tinnitus Dangerous?

While tinnitus itself is not a dangerous condition, it can have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life.

Tinnitus can interfere with sleep, make it difficult to concentrate, and cause feelings of anxiety or depression.

If you experience sudden ringing in the ears, it is important to seek medical attention to determine the underlying cause and determine the best course of treatment.

What Are the Treatments for Tinnitus?

There are several treatment options available for tinnitus, depending on the underlying cause.

For individuals with noise-induced tinnitus, avoiding exposure to loud noise is crucial.

This can include wearing earplugs or earmuffs in loud environments or reducing the volume when listening to music or watching television.

In some cases, hearing aids may be recommended.

Hearing aids can help to amplify sounds and reduce the perception of tinnitus. In addition, certain medications, such as antidepressants or anti-anxiety drugs, may be prescribed to help manage the symptoms of tinnitus.

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For individuals with chronic tinnitus that does not respond to other treatments, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may be recommended.

CBT is a type of therapy that focuses on changing negative thought patterns and behaviors. It has been shown to be effective in reducing the symptoms of tinnitus and improving one’s overall quality of life.

What to Do If You Have Tinnitus

If you’re experiencing a sudden ringing in the ears, don’t ignore it! Tinnitus can be caused by a variety of factors, and it’s important to get an evaluation to determine the underlying cause.

Living with tinnitus can be frustrating and sometimes debilitating, but there are many ways to manage the condition.

Don’t give up hope! Seeking help is the first step toward finding relief.

So, if you or someone you know is struggling with tinnitus, please reach out for help. Don’t let the condition take control of your life.

There are many treatment options available, and a healthcare professional can help you find the right one for you.

Remember, you’re not alone in this. Many people experience tinnitus, and there is help available. Don’t hesitate to schedule an evaluation and take the first step toward managing your tinnitus.

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Deborah Clark, Au.D.

Dr. Deborah Clark has been with Pacific Hearing Service since 1998. In January 2008, she became co-owner working first in the Menlo Park office and now managing the Los Altos office. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and is certified by the American Board of Audiology. She was on the board of the Hearing Loss Association of America, California State Association from 2010 – 2013, and served as Vice President.