I have tinnitus, ringing in my ears, and I have had it for many years and have been told nothing can be done. It has gotten much louder lately. Is there anything that can be done?

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Tinnitus is the perception of sound with no external sound present. According to the American Tinnitus Association, 45 million Americans experience some type of tinnitus. Reactions can range from mild annoyance to debilitation. Many people with tinnitus also have hearing loss. Any time there is a change in hearing or tinnitus, we recommend a complete hearing evaluation.

Once we have ruled out a medical cause for the symptom, we can discuss treatment options. Although there is no cure for tinnitus, there is help. Many people find relief from the use of hearing aids alone. Amplification of the many sounds in our environment distracts your brain from the tinnitus, at least during the day. For night time, a tabletop sound generator might be all you need to help you fall asleep. Another option is small hearing devices that not only improve hearing and understanding, but incorporate wearable sound generators to distract the brain from the tinnitus.

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