The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that nearly 15% of the general public — over 50 million Americans — experience some form of tinnitus.

Roughly 20 million people struggle with burdensome chronic tinnitus, while 2 million have extreme and debilitating cases.

The prevalence of tinnitus grows as people get older, peaking for the age 60-69 co-hort

*Facts about Tinnitus provided by the American Tinnitus Association

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the perception of noise or sounds in the head or ears in the absence of an actual stimulus. The noise may be perceived as a variety of sounds (e.g. ringing, rush-ing, roaring, or hissing).

How can SCENT and Carolina Hearing Institute help?

During a scheduled evaluation, one of our audiologists will

• Review your history of tinnitus and hearing concerns

• Perform a comprehensive hearing evaluation

• Discuss the nature of tinnitus

• Discuss an individualized treatment program

How is tinnitus treated?

There are several available therapies available to patients struggling with tinnitus. While there are no scientifically proven "cures" for chronic tinnitus, therapies can

reduce the perception and burden of tinnitus. These tools can help patients

manage their tinnitus and reduce the impact of the tinnitus on quality of life.

These therapies include:

-General wellness and lifestyle modifications

-Hearing aids, as tinnitus is overwhelmingly associated with some degree of

hearing loss

-Sound therapy

-Behavioral therapy

To learn more about Tinnitus, contact South Carolina ENT with ten locations in the Midlands at (803) 736-3277.