Five Facts About Tinnitus





To date, tinnitus continues to be one of the most common otologic problems with agonizing and debilitating physical effects.  Tinnitus is the medical term for the sensation of hearing sounds (usually noise or ringing) in your ears when no external sound is present.

According to the American Tinnitus Association, 50 million people in the United States experience tinnitus. Even more surprising, only approximately 12 million actually seek medical help. With this information, it is our hope to shed some light on some of the facts and symptoms surrounding this common hearing disorder we know as tinnitus.

Before we start it is important to note that tinnitus is not derived from one cause. Unfortunately, there are numerous causes that lead to tinnitus including, but not limited to, excessive noise exposure, head and neck injury, ear infection and most surprising stress!

Although tinnitus is more common among seniors, it is often found in people of all ages, including children. Because of this shocking information, raising awareness surrounding the facts and prevention of tinnitus is important to spread for all ages.



#1 Tinnitus is very common; about 10% - 15% of adults experience tinnitus.

#2 Certain medications can cause or worsen tinnitus. Particularly in large doses, aspirin can cause of ringing in your ears, as well as some antibiotics.

#3 Tinnitus is not just for seniors. One in five teenagers suffers from permanent tinnitus.

#4 Tinnitus is a non-auditory, internal sound, can be intermittent or continuous, in one or both ears, and either low or high pitched.

#5 Currently, there is no cure for tinnitus. However, there are numerous treatments to manage life with it. Many hearing aids today have tinnitus masking devices inside of them which is helping many people improve the quality of their lives.

It is important to note tinnitus is not a disease and in most cases, is not serious. If you have noticed a buzzing, ringing, or clicking sound (mild or loud) in one or both ears only you can hear that does not go away, you may have tinnitus. Please have your concerns reviewed by one of our audiologists so you can find the best relief possible.




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The Dog Ate My Hearing Aid!

Surprising Ways People Lose Their Hearing Aids

Adapted from an article written by Debbie Clason, staff writer for Healthy Hearing


Americans spend an average total of 2.5 days every year looking for lost belongings such as remote controls, cellphones, car keys and eyeglasses, a survey by indicates.

A curious dog looks at the camera

The biggest reason for hearing aid loss?
The family dog uses them as a chew toy.

And while two-thirds of us annually spend as much as $50 to replace these items, the cost can be much higher for those who lose their hearing aids.

“It’s not as uncommon as you might think,” says Dr. Melissa Danchak, AuD. “We usually see three or more people per month who lose their hearing aids. In January, I counted eight people who lost them.”

Good Hearing Aid Habits Are Key

“Generally, people lose their hearing aids because they don’t develop a routine,” she said. “When I’m dispensing the hearing aids, I first tell them to wear their hearing aids all their waking hours. If they’re in their ears, they’re less likely to lose them. If the hearing aids are placed in their box/charger when they are removed, they won’t get lost. Developing good habits is important to prevent loss.”

That means taking a few extra steps, even if you’re tired and want to take a nap. It’s easy to knock the aids off a side table or counter and into the sink. Women should consider keeping a designated hearing aid container in their purses so they have a recognizable container to put them in when they take them out when not at home.

Those who don’t follow this advice often lose their hearing aids—or find them in the most unlikely places.


Hearing Aids End Up In The Strangest Places

Hearing aids have been known to accidentally fall out of the ears, too. One patient told Dr. Danchak he found his hearing aid several months later in the bottom of his dishwasher while another said she retraced her steps and found her hearing aid in a parking lot. Remarkably, both units were unharmed and continued to work properly.

But the biggest reason for hearing aid loss is because the family dog uses it as a chew toy. “That’s what we see the most often,” Dr. Danchak said. "The biggest thing I stress is to put the hearing aids in a safe place when they’re not in your ears— especially if you have a dog. You may not have a dog, but if you visit a family member and they have a dog, remember that and be conscientious. And make sure the container closes really well. You don’t want your pet swallowing any part of a hearing aid.”

Watch Your Batteries, Too

The tiny button batteries found in hearing aids and plenty of other devices can be tempting to pets and little children. If you suspect a child has swallowed a battery, immediately call the battery National Battery Ingestion Hotline at 800-498-8666.

What To Do If You Lose Your Hearing Aids

Of course, even the most diligent people can lose a hearing aid. If it happens to you, don’t look forever. Although most homeowners’ insurance does not cover hearing aids, your devices are covered if they're under warranty for loss. And while replacement costs can be inconvenient, restoring your prescription sooner rather than later is important to your hearing health.

Dr. Danchak states, “How long they look for it depends on the circumstances,” Dr. Danchak said. “If they lost it at home, I tell them to give it a week before they replace it. If they lost it out and about, they should probably replace it immediately.”

It's important to develop good habits about storing your hearing aids when they’re not in your ears, make sure they fit securely, and talk to your hearing health professional about any issues you may be having. Good hearing health habits begin with a hearing health practitioner you can trust and scheduling an annual hearing evaluation.


Done With Dizziness?



Dizziness is a term people use to describe a variety of sensations. Symptoms such as vertigo, disequilibrium, lightheadedness, and spatial disorientation can all be described as dizziness. However, each symptom and their description offer unique insight into the problem as well as the possible cause.

Before treating your dizziness, it is important to determine the cause of your dizziness. It is often best to contact your family physician and describe your symptoms to him or her. Your description may include how long the symptoms last, as well as movements, positions, situations, or times that seem to cause the symptoms to start, or to make them worse. Pay attention to new or associated symptoms that occur around the same time as the dizziness such as headache, ringing in the ear(s), changes in hearing, pressure in the ears, or increased sensitivity to light or sound.

Rarely, dizziness is a medical emergency. If you experience slurred speech, confusion, difficulty swallowing, or the inability to walk, dial 911 or see a physician immediately.

The majority of dizziness complaints are the result of inner ear (vestibular) disorders. Typical complaints of vestibular disorders include vertigo, nausea, unsteadiness, and visual blurring with head movement. Vascular (blood flow) disorders such as blood pressure changes are another common cause of dizziness. Typical symptoms of vascular disorders causing dizziness include feeling faint or lightheaded and transient loss of balance, often made better by lying down and sometimes made worse by standing quickly.

Some causes of dizziness resolve on their own, and others can be easily treated. For example, the most common cause of dizziness is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). BPPV can often be effectively treated in one office visit. There are many sensitive tests and effective treatments for most causes of dizziness. Your family physician can help you decide if you need additional evaluation with a vestibular specialist such as an ear, nose, and throat physician or an Audiologist?



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