Are you having difficulty hearing? Do you need to speak to an audiologist? The doctors at South Carolina ENT can help. They have several offices in Columbia, SC.

What causes tinnitus?

A person suffering from tinnitus hears irregular sound in one or both ears. This disease affects about 36 million Americans.

The sound varies from a low roar to a high squeal, and before receiving any treatment, one of the Columbia audiologists will need to give you a thorough examination at one of their following offices: Northeast Office, Palmetto Health Richland in their Downtown Office, Irmo, Lugoff, Winnsboro and Sumter.

Other people aren't usually able to hear the noise but certain abnormalities in blood vessels around the outside of the ear or muscle spasms may sound like clicks or crackling inside the middle ear.

What can cause tinnitus?

There are several non-auditory conditions that may lead to tinnitus:

  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Thyroid problems
  • Chronic brain syndromes
  • Stress
  • Fatigue

Tinnitus treatment options?

  • Meditation
  • Hearing aids
  • Cochlear implants
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Drug therapy
  • Sound therapy/tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT)
  • TMJ treatment

Tips to lessen the severity of tinnitus

  • Avoid loud sounds and noises
  • Get your blood pressure checked. If it is high, get your doctor’s help to control it.
  • Decrease your intake of salt. Salt impairs blood circulation.
  • Avoid stimulants like coffee, tea, cola, and tobacco.
  • Exercise daily to improve your circulation.
  • Get adequate rest and avoid fatigue
  • Ignore the head noise because it is a part of you

To learn more about Tinnitus and other treatments, contact South Carolina ENT with several offices in Columbia, SC.