Ringing, buzzing, or any such noise in the head is known as tinnitus (pronounced “TIN-a-tus” or “Tin-EYE-tus”). It can vary greatly from person to person and even the same person may experience differences in his/her tinnitus from day to day. It is most often heard when in a quiet situation and is thought to be the result of damage to the auditory system. This damage could be from noise exposure, trauma, ear infections, wax build-up, hearing loss, and/or medications (among many other things).
According to the American Tinnitus Association and the American Academy of Audiology, up to 50 million people in the United States have experienced tinnitus, with 10-12 million of those seeking help and 2.5 million people reporting their tinnitus as debilitating. While there is no cure for tinnitus, there are many treatments to help. Richmond Hearing Doctors offers a Tinnitus Evaluation appointment to discuss and evaluate each individual’s tinnitus issues and develops a management strategy that is designed to provide information, a plan of action, and a measurable approach to improving the quality of life while living with the tinnitus.
Tinnitus Evaluation: A complete audiological evaluation is also completed and will be submitted to your health insurance, if applicable (appropriate co-pays/deductibles apply). The tinnitus evaluation is a separate component that cannot be billed to insurance and is a $50 out-of-pocket fee due at the time of service. A Tinnitus Handicap Inventory questionnaire will be completed and in-depth aspects of your hearing and health history will be discussed. Aspects of tinnitus and how it affects your life will also be discussed. Following the complete testing, the results and various tinnitus management strategies will be discussed. A specific plan for your situation will be recommended.