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What is Tinnitus? -Can anything help the ringing in my ears?!

Tinnitus is the perception of ringing or noises in your head that are not really in the environment.  Some of the more common descriptions of the noises include a high-pitched ringing, buzzing, humming, or even the sound of crickets.  Some reports estimate that 30 million Americans experience tinnitus.  Tinnitus is much more common in people that have hearing loss, but there are still millions of Americans who have tinnitus without any hearing difficulties or hearing loss.

Tinnitus can range in severity- some people find their tinnitus extremely bothersome while others are able to easily block it out of their mind.  Just because you have tinnitus does not mean you are necessarily seeking treatment.  Tinnitus treatment options vary person to person based on your needs, the severity of your tinnitus, and other several other factors.  There are various types of tinnitus treatment options including the use of hearing aids, noise generators, and even formal treatment plans for more severe cases.  If you are experiencing tinnitus, its important to tell your audiologist so they are sure to make any appropriate referrals and to discuss suitable treatment options.