Tinnitus: the sensation of hearing a ringing, humming, buzzing sound in the ear, without an external stimulus. Many people with tinnitus find themselves in a vicious cycle: anxiety which leads to insomnia, which can increase the perception of tinnitus symptoms, causing more anxiety and so on.

Affecting about 20% of the U.S. adult population, persistent tinnitus can greatly impact sufferers, leading to social isolation, sleep problems, exhaustion, the inability to concentrate, anxiety and depression.

What Causes Tinnitus?

Tinnitus often accompanies hearing loss. Other causes include:

  • Stress
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Caffeine and alcohol consumption
  • Aspirin and certain antibiotics
  • Frequent ear infections
  • Over 300 prescribed medications

Treating Tinnitus

Discovering and eliminating its cause sometimes eradicates the condition. Tinnitus treatment and management didn’t exist in the past. While there is still no cure for the condition, there are now tinnitus treatment techniques and new technology that can help ease your symptoms.

We may be able to help stop suffering. We offer a tinnitus treatment program, incorporating Oticon OPN instruments, to help ease your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

We recommend counseling as part of your tinnitus treatment program. Learning coping skills, breathing techniques, and having an objective outlet for stress may help you reduce the tension and anxiety that often accompany tinnitus.

Find relief at Manatee Ear Center. Schedule an appointment today!