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Tinnitus Treatment Calgary

Tinnitus is the term used to describe the condition of having ringing, buzzing or noise in the ear or even in the head, which do not come from an external source. Tinnitus is subjective, meaning the severity of the tinnitus is largely a function of the individual’s reaction to, or perception of the tinnitus.

As many as 360,000 Canadians suffer from annoying tinnitus* (Tinnitus Association of Canada)

Tinnitus Causes

Tinnitus can be caused by many things and can be a symptom of an underlying condition. Common causes include:

  • Hearing loss
  • Stress and depression
  • Exposure to loud noise
  • Earwax buildup or blockage
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Head or neck injuries
  • Acoustic neuroma (benign tumour of the cranial nerve)
  • Trauma to the head or neck such as whiplash or concussion
  • Certain medications (Aspirin, quinine, some sedatives and antidepressants, certain antibiotics, chemotherapeutic agents.
  • Various other causes such as low blood pressure, diabetes, vascular disorders, temporomandibular joint disorders, allergies, thyroid dysfunction.

Tinnitus Treatment

It is important to remember that tinnitus is a symptom, not a disease. The initial step should be ruling out a medically treatable cause of the tinnitus. Anyone with tinnitus should have a complete audiological evaluation by a qualified audiologist. Tinnitus can often be successfully managed with amplification or sound therapy.

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