Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the absence of an external source. It is often described as a ringing, buzzing, or hissing sound in the ears. Tinnitus can be a very frustrating and isolating condition, but it is important to know that you are not alone. Millions of people around the world experience tinnitus.
What causes Tinnitus?
The exact cause of tinnitus is not fully understood, but it is believed to be triggered by changes in the way the brain processes sound. These changes can stem from various factors, including:
While the understanding of tinnitus is still evolving, these factors provide valuable insights into the potential causes of this condition. By further exploring these underlying mechanisms, researchers aim to develop more effective treatments and interventions for those affected by tinnitus.
Treatment for Tinnitus
While there is currently no cure for tinnitus, several treatments can effectively manage its symptoms. Let's explore some of the most common options:
By amplifying external sounds, hearing aids can help reduce the prominence of tinnitus, providing relief and improved hearing.
Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT)
This specialized therapy aims to retrain the brain's response to tinnitus, helping individuals gradually ignore the bothersome sound.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
CBT focuses on managing stress and anxiety, which are often associated with tinnitus and can exacerbate its impact. By addressing these underlying factors, individuals can experience better control over their symptoms.
By playing soothing sounds like white noise or nature sounds, masking therapy helps mask or cover up the tinnitus, providing temporary relief and making it less noticeable.
It's important to note that the effectiveness of these treatments may vary from person to person, and a combination of approaches may be required. Consulting with a healthcare professional can help determine the most suitable treatment plan for managing tinnitus.
Other information about Tinnitus
Tinnitus is generally not indicative of any serious medical problems. However, it is crucial to seek medical attention if you experience sudden or severe tinnitus, or if it is accompanied by other symptoms such as hearing loss, dizziness, or pain. These symptoms may warrant further investigation to rule out any underlying medical conditions.
If you find yourself struggling to cope with tinnitus, rest assured that there are numerous support groups available to provide assistance.
These support groups not only offer valuable information and guidance but also connect you with individuals who can empathize with your situation. Through shared experiences, these groups can offer a sense of understanding, camaraderie, and valuable advice to help you navigate the challenges associated with tinnitus.
May 10, 2023
I started with this practice ten years ago, and when the audiologist retired, I was wondering I’d like “the new guy” as well. I totally do! Dr. Tomas Cabrera is so nice, so skilled, I was smitten right away. Getting to see pictures of his newborn, at my insistent request, was the icing on the cake! He’s professional, warm, patient and really knows his stuff. I couldn’t be happier. And Gail is still as wonderful as ever.
May 8, 2023
Dr. Caberra is excellent and wonderful. Gail is easy and great to work with. I highly recommend them for all hearing aid needs. Great work!
May 5, 2023
Extremely pleased with the attention received, Dr Caberra extremely personable, listens and is patient, Gail I have known for years and she knows her stuff. Great office!!
April 15, 2023
I am a fellow audiologist from SC and just met Dr. Cabrera today. He welcomed my family to his beautiful office and from our short time together I can tell he is fantastic with patients as well! He is set up for thorough best practice care with thoughtful business practices. If you are in the Charlotte area, visit Premier Audiology!
Mary Gail Broome
March 10, 2023
This is hands down the best place for anyone looking for an audiologist. Very individual attention to you and your needs. I use to go to 1 of the big ENT group and they never tweaked my hearing aids like Dr. C and Gayle do. You are not a number here. Was upset that things might change when Dr. Seaborg retired but not so..the same excellent service. Christina found someone who could fill her very big shoes (been coming for 9+ years.) I tell everyone they need hearing aids that this is the place to come. I brought my 82 year old mother-in-law and Dr. C and Gayle are always soooo patient with her. Thank you for the same awesome awesome care. Ive been wearing hearing aids for over 20 years and I am hearing better now than I did 10 years ago.
March 6, 2023
Tomas Cabrera, Au.D. is very thorough, thoughtful, helpful and kind. He gives articulate and informed answers to any questions I may have about my hearing and my hearing aids. I trust him completely. The office environment is very comfortable and calming. I love my hearing aids!
January 28, 2023
I visited Premier Audiology & Hearing Aid Center without an appointment to see if they could help resolve a problem with the hearing aids of a relative, who is 97 years old. Dr. Cabrera and Gale Prakin were most accepting, accommodating and helpful. They are an asset to the community and profession.
November 14, 2022
I am a loyal client of Premier Audiology and consider Tomas Cabrera the best audiologist available not just in this area but far beyond. Most recently I had a minor emergency on a Monday of all days. But they managed to work me in, clearly define the problem and address my needs without hesitation. Premier Audiology has state-of-the-art equipment and the expertise to make thorough use of it to give the patient a complete picture of their hearing health. The staff is personable, knowledgeable and caring. They put the patient at ease and always follow through to ensure the best results possible. I recommend Premier Audiology and staff to anyone with any kind of hearing issue! Premier Audiology is the only such provider to consider if you want the best level of care possible.