First, What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a medical condition characterized by persistent ringing in one or both ears which can only be heard by the affected individual. It has also been described as whistling, hissing, buzzing, or pulsing in the ear. These sounds may come and go; however, most sufferers experience symptoms 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The effects range from slight annoyance to severe disruption of everyday life. The American Tinnitus Association estimates that over 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus.
Hyperacusis is when some sounds which are of normal loudness to others, are perceived as very loud or annoying.
Tinnitus is associated with hearing loss. Commonly, tinnitus is a result of auditory deprivation, though it can also be caused by other conditions which may require medical evaluation. It is important to understand that in NYS, a hearing aid dispenser is not licensed to treat or manage tinnitus. The only qualified professional to evaluate and offer treatment for tinnitus is an audiologist or physician/medical practitioner. Obtaining a correct diagnosis for the cause of your condition is essential for determining the proper course of tinnitus treatment.