What is Tinnitus

Dr. Mark Hansen, MS, Au.D. Audiologist, discusses Tinnitus is any sound that you hear in your ears or your head such as ringing, buzzing, pulsing, hissing that does not have an external sound source.

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Dr. Mark Hansen, MS, Au.D. Audiologist, discusses Tinnitus is any sound that you hear in your ears or your head such as ringing, buzzing, pulsing, hissing that does not have an external sound source.
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Featuring Dr. Mark Hansen, MS, Au.D., Audiologist

Duration: 2 minutes, 3 seconds

Tinnitus is any sound that you hear in your ears or your head such as ringing, buzzing, pulsing, hissing that does not have an external sound source.  

The cause of tinnitus is poorly understood. The most common theory on the cause of tinnitus is that it is a result of cochlear hair cell damage. The cause of cochlear hair cell damage is often caused by noise.  

The process of aging called presbycusis results in cochlear hair cell damage as well as things such as diseases and disease process medications to treat disease processes result in cochlear hair cell damage as well.

Tinnitus can be subjective or objective where it’s actually heard and can be measured at the level of the ear. Treatment options for tinnitus vary depending on the cause of the tinnitus.

If it’s idiopathic tinnitus where no cause is found, there are not a lot of options available other than, for instance, tinnitus retraining therapy, sound conditioning devices, hearing instruments in the presence of hearing loss and tinnitus, changes in medication if tinnitus is a result of medication use.  
There are other causes tinnitus such as alcohol use. It’s associated with Meniere’s disease. It can be associated with Eustachian tube dysfunction, middle ear disorder, hypertension, metabolic imbalances, and there’s a long list of causes of tinnitus.

It is important to understand which type of tinnitus that you have. There are treatment options that can reduce tinnitus over time. You should contact your registered audiologist for treatment options and assessment.

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Presenter: Dr. Mark Hansen, Audiologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Audiologist

Tinnitus assessment by an Audiologist. ( 15 participated.)

Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

Questions True False  
1 Because of your tinnitus, is it difficult for you to concentrate?

 
2 Does the loudness of your tinnitus make it difficult for you to hear people?

 
3 Does your tinnitus make you angry?

 
4 Does your tinnitus make you fell confused?

 
5 Because of your tinnitus, do you have trouble falling asleep at night?

 
6 Do you complain a great deal about your tinnitus?

 
7 Do you complain a great deal about your tinnitus?

 
8 Do you feel as though you cannot escape your tinnitus?

 
9 Does your tinnitus interfere with your ability to enjoy social activities (such as going out to dinner, the movies)?

 
10 Because of your tinnitus, do you find that you are often irritable?

 
11 Because of your tinnitus, do you feel that you have a terrible disease?

 
12 Does your tinnitus make it difficult for you to enjoy life?

 
13 Does your tinnitus interfere with your job or household responsibilities?

 
14 ecause of your tinnitus, do you find that you are often irritable?

 
15 Because of your tinnitus, is it difficult for you to read?

 
16 Does your tinnitus make you upset?

 
17 Do you find it difficult to focus your attention away from your tinnitus and on other things?

 
18 Do you feel that you have no control over your tinnitus?

 
19 Because of your tinnitus, do you often feel tired?

 
20 Because of your tinnitus, do you feel depressed?

 
21 Does your tinnitus make you feel anxious?

 
22 Do you feel like you can no longer cope with your tinnitus?

 
23 Do you feel like you can no longer cope with your tinnitus?

 
24 Does your tinnitus make you feel insecure?

 

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.