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2140 Peachtree Road, NW
Suite 360
Atlanta, Georgia 30309

Gainesville

1485 Jesse Jewel Parkway
Suite 220A
Gainesville, Georgia 30501

Dawsonville

81 Northside Dawson Dr.
Suite 203
Dawsonville, GA 30534

Cumming

1100 Northside Forsyth Drive
Suite 490
Cumming, GA 30041

Alpharetta

3330 Preston Ridge Road
Suite 240
Alpharetta, GA 30005

Alpharetta Surgery Center

2365 Old Milton Parkway
Suite 300
Alpharetta, GA 30009

Johns Creek/Suwanee

6916 McGinnis Ferry Road
Suite 100
Suwanee, GA 30024

East Cobb

1121 Johnson Ferry Road
Suite 420
Marietta, GA 30068

Smyrna

3969 South Cobb Drive
Suite 203
Smyrna, GA 30080

Newnan

710 Newnan Crossing Bypass
Suite E
Newnan, GA 30263

White Oak in Newnan

1595 East Highway 34
Newnan, GA 30265

Peachtree City

4000 Shakerag Hill
Suite 204
Peachtree City, GA 30269

Buford

3425 Buford Drive
Suite 350
Buford, GA 30519

Lawrenceville

1960 Riverside Parkway
Suite 101
Lawrenceville, GA 30043

Stockbridge

1050 Eagles Landing Parkway
Ste #202
Stockbridge, Ga 30281

Snellville

1700 Tree Lane
Ste #390
Snellville, GA 30078

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Tinnitus

Find Comprehensive Information on Tinnitus from The ENT Instititute in Georgia.Do you hear a ringing, roaring, clicking, or hissing sound in your ears? Do you hear this sound often or all the time? Does the sound bother you a lot? If you answer yes to these questions, you may have tinnitus (tin-NY-tus).

Tinnitus is a symptom associated with many forms of hearing loss. It can also be a symptom of other health problems. According to estimates by the American Tinnitus Association, at least 12 million Americans have tinnitus. Of these, at least 1 million experience it so severely that it interferes with their daily activities. People with severe cases of tinnitus may find it difficult to hear, work, or even sleep.

What causes tinnitus?

  • Hearing loss. Doctors and scientists have discovered that people with different kinds of hearing loss also have tinnitus.
  • Loud noise. Too much exposure to loud noise can cause noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus.
  • Medicine. More than 200 medicines can cause tinnitus. If you have tinnitus and you take medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether your medicine could be involved.
  • Other health problems. Allergies, tumors, and problems in the heart and blood vessels, jaws, and neck can cause tinnitus.

What should I do if I have tinnitus?

Find Comprehensive Information on Tinnitus from The ENT Instititute in Georgia.The most important thing you can do is to go see your doctor. Your doctor can try to determine what is causing your tinnitus. He or she can check to see if it is related to blood pressure, kidney function, diet, or allergies. Your doctor can also determine whether your tinnitus is related to any medicine you are taking.

To learn more about what is causing your tinnitus, your doctor may refer you to an otolaryngologist (oh-toe-lair-in-GAH-luh-jist), an ear, nose, and throat doctor. He or she will examine your ears and your hearing to try to find out why you have tinnitus. Another hearing professional, an audiologist (aw-dee-AH-luh-jist), can measure your hearing. If you need a hearing aid, an audiologist can fit you with one that meets your needs.

How will hearing experts treat my tinnitus?

Although there is no cure for tinnitus, scientists and doctors have discovered several treatments that may give you some relief. Not every treatment works for everyone, so you may need to try several to find the ones that help.

Treatments can include:

  • Hearing Aids. Many people with tinnitus also have a hearing loss. Wearing a hearing aid makes it easier for some people to hear the sounds they need to hear by making them louder. The better you hear other people talking or the music you like, the less you notice your tinnitus.
  • Maskers. Maskers are small electronic devices that use sound to make tinnitus less noticeable. Maskers do not make tinnitus go away, but they make the ringing or roaring seem softer. For some people, maskers hide their tinnitus so well that they can barely hear it.
    Some people sleep better when they use maskers. Listening to static at a low volume on the radio or using bedside maskers can help. These are devices you can put by your bed instead of behind your ear. They can help you ignore your tinnitus and fall asleep.
  • Medicine or drug therapy. Some medicines may ease tinnitus. If your doctor prescribes medicine to treat your tinnitus, he or she can tell you whether the medicine has any side effects.
  • Tinnitus retraining therapy. This treatment uses a combination of counseling and maskers. Otolaryngologists and audiologists help you learn how to deal with your tinnitus better. You may also use maskers to make your tinnitus less noticeable. After a while, some people learn how to avoid thinking about their tinnitus. It takes time for this treatment to work, but it can be very helpful.
  • Counseling. People with tinnitus may become depressed. Talking with a counselor or people in tinnitus support groups may be helpful.
  • Relaxing. Learning how to relax is very helpful if the noise in your ears frustrates you. Stress makes tinnitus seem worse. By relaxing, you have a chance to rest and better deal with the sound.

What can I do to help myself?

Think about things that will help you cope. Many people find listening to music very helpful. Focusing on music might help you forget about your tinnitus for a while. It can also help mask the sound. Other people like to listen to recorded nature sounds, like ocean waves, the wind, or even crickets.

Avoid anything that can make your tinnitus worse. This includes smoking, alcohol, and loud noise. If you are a construction worker, an airport worker, or a hunter, or if you are regularly exposed to loud noise at home or at work, wear ear plugs or special earmuffs to protect your hearing and keep your tinnitus from getting worse.

If it is hard for you to hear over your tinnitus, ask your friends and family to face you when they talk so you can see their faces. Seeing their expressions may help you understand them better. Ask people to speak louder, but not shout. Also, tell them they do not have to talk slowly, just more clearly.

To schedule an appointment with the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute, please call 770-740-1860.

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  • 1700 Tree Lane
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