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Buzzing or Ringing in your ears?

What exactly is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus - from the Latin verb "to jingle" - is an involuntary sound perception originating inside the head. In about 80-85% of cases, tinnitus is accompanied by hearing loss, but it can also be caused by exposure to loud sounds, accidents, ear infection, aging or stress.

Tinnitus is as individual as you are

It can be:

  • A buzzing or ringing in the ears
  • A hissing or roaring sound
  • High-, low-, single- or multi-toned
  • Occasional or constant

The tinnitus vicious cycle

Tinnitus can trigger negative emotions. Often the severity of your reaction depends on your perception of the sound. If it’s negative, you’re likely to have a negative emotional response. When you do, it can make your brain pay more attention to the tinnitus. And a cycle begins that affects your nervous systems. Anxiety, sleep disturbance, depression and poor concentration can occur, all of which reinforce the vicious cycle.

You can break the vicious cycle
Using ReSound Alera TS, in combination with informed counseling and acoustic therapy, can bring you significant relief. Your emotional response to the tinnitus changes, and your nervous system responds differently as well.
Causes of tinnitus
Hair cell damage, which also causes hearing loss, is considered one of the most common causes of tinnitus. Tinnitus is also associated with:

    Degeneration of the bones in the middle ear
    Injury to the ears, neck or head
    Neurological disorders
    Exposure to load noises
    Side effects of medication

Treating tinnitus

There are a number of different options available for tinnitus treatment. Each of them offers a different explanation for how it can be beneficial to you if you are suffering from tinnitus.

Alera TS can help

Using ReSound Alera TS helps change the way you respond to tinnitus by diverting your attention away from it, thus breaking the tinnitus vicious cycle.

Sound therapy

Whether you have a hearing loss or not, ReSound Alera TS helps you manage your tinnitus. It combines an advanced hearing aid with a tinnitus sound generator. The tinnitus sound generator administers sounds that make the disturbing noise less noticeable and draw your attention away from the tinnitus. This is known as sound therapy. When combined with informed counseling, it is recognized as a highly effective way of managing tinnitus.

Individual solutions

Each case of tinnitus is unique, so ReSound Alera TS provides individual solutions. At McCollum Hearing Center we can customize it in a way that will help relieve your own kind of tinnitus. We call this individualized sound therapy.We strongly recommend that you contact a qualified hearing care professional who is experienced in tinnitus management.