A common condition among millions of Americans who perceive a sound within the ear or head in the absence of a corresponding sound in the environment. It is a condition that many find frightening or annoying. Special surveys and questionnaires are used together with treatment options and special testing to help mitigate the annoyance. Mild tinnitus cases are seen for treatment, while more severe cases are referred out for more advanced assessment and therapy.
Tinnitus Sound Matching
Minimum Masking Level
Loudness Discomfort Level
Noise-induced hearing loss, the result of damage to the sensory hair cells of the inner ear, is one of the most common causes of tinnitus. Anything you can do to limit your exposure to loud noise—by moving away from the sound, turning down the volume, or wearing earplugs or earmuffs—will help prevent tinnitus or keep it from getting worse.