After speaking to an audiologist, you might have discovered that you have an issue with tinnitus. Tinnitus is a condition where the patient hears noises from inside their ear rather than external sources. It is an irritating issue and one that is quite common. Approximately ten percent of people suffer from some form of tinnitus. This should tell you one important fact straight away. Not everyone needs treatment for their tinnitus. Here are a few questions that you can ask your audiologist about this condition.

Do I need treatment?

Perhaps the most important question to ask your audiologist is whether or not you need treatment for the condition. At this point, they will most likely ask you how much the condition is impacting your life. You may find that it is just a slight issue that is more of an annoyance than anything else. If that is the case, then you can probably live with the condition without full treatment.

You may also want to think about how often the issue is bothering you. For some people, the tinnitus will be constant, and for others, it will simply be a recurring problem. You might find that you hardly ever notice it and once again, this probably means you don’t need treatment.

There are only two reasons why you would. The first is if the tinnitus is a sign you are losing your hearing. Contrary to belief, tinnitus does not always mean that hearing loss is occurring. The second reason is that the noise is impacting your quality of life.

What treatment options are there?

There is a wide range of treatment options on offer for patients suffering from tinnitus. For instance, you might be interested in learning about hearing aids. Hearing aids are one of the best options for people suffering from tinnitus. If you are losing your hearing, a hearing aid will amplify it, and it may even be used at a certain frequency to block out the sound.

You can also consider getting implants however these do require surgery. As such, you will need to consider whether you want to take such an extreme measure. It is also considerably more expensive compared to hearing aids.

Keep in mind that tinnitus can be caused by physical conditions such as ear abnormalities that cause higher blood flow and as such surgery can be a possibility to correct the problem.

Will it get better?

Without treatment, it is unlikely that tinnitus will get better by itself. However, you may get used to it and eventually it could simply be like white noise. It will still be there, but you will barely notice it. If you have only just noticed the issue and you can rarely hear it, it has probably been caused by an environmental factor. Looking after your hearing and protecting your ears from future loud noises may allow you to avoid damaging your hearing any further. You may wish to speak to your audiologist on the best way to protect your hearing and avoid issues with tinnitus in the future.