Have You Heard the Buzz on the Street?
Education and Advocacy There are numerous tinnitus treatments that you can use for sound enrichment. Speak to your audiologist about what is best for you.
Do you hear buzzing in your ears? What about ringing, hissing, whistling, or chirping?
If you’re hearing any of those sounds you may have tinnitus (TIN-ih-tus). You’re not alone! It’s estimated that 10 to 15 percent of Canadians suffer from tinnitus, with 20 percent of those individuals seeking medical help. Tinnitus sufferers may find it difficult to hear, concentrate, read, relax, and/or sleep.
The good news is tinnitus is a treatable symptom, not a disease. Though there are over 200 reported causes, including some medications and disorders affecting the ears, metabolism, and cardiovascular system, tinnitus is most often associated with hearing loss due to noise exposure, aging, or trauma. Over 50 percent of people with tinnitus are also affected by hearing impairment.
So what can be done about tinnitus? There are a variety of management options available to help tailor treatment to your personal needs. With the proper combination of counselling and sound enrichment, tinnitus management can be very effective. Therapies can include tinnitus masking, tinnitus retraining, and tinnitus notch therapy — all of which are completely painless.
Great strides have been made with technology and tinnitus management strategies that allow for more personalization than ever before. No one should be told to just “live with it.”
Find out more by calling an audiologist part of the Ontario Association of Professional Audiology Clinics (OAPAC).
Why an OAPAC Audiologist?
We own and manage our practices
- Like your doctor, OAPAC audiologists are trained in the field.
OAPAC audiologists are fully regulated
- No misleading advertising, no testimonials, no quotas, and no franchises. Our patients are completely protected.
We are not limited or restricted in recommending treatments
- As independents, we can prescribe from 10 different manufacturers to find what’s best for you. We assess and make appropriate personalized recommendations.
We provide full scope of practice to patients of all ages
Your hearing deserves an audiologist. Call today to find a clinic near you. 1-844-41-2-HEAR (4327) Visit OAPAC.ca.