That sound you get when you leave a concert. That constant Ringing in the Ears. The Tinnitus Effect!
Recently the Today show on NBC produced a segment called “Do you hear what I hear” featuring Marko Costanzo a Foley artist, (someone who reproduces sounds in life that are used in videos and films). Marko decided to reproduce patient’s tinnitus, his goal was to raise awareness of Tinnitus, a phantom sound people hear that can be caused by many different things.
The segment highlights people with hearing loss or those that have been exposed to loud noise who now have tinnitus. The artist was able to reproduce the sound that those people heard in their head so they could hear it and not feel they were losing their minds!
The American Tinnitus Association estimates that 50 million Americans suffer with Tinnitus. Tinnitus is not a disease but a symptom of something. Very often it is the first sign of hearing loss. However it can be triggered by many different things. Unfortunately there is no cure but we can help patients manage their tinnitus. Hearing aids, tinnitus maskers, sound therapy and tinnitus retraining therapy have all been very successful in helping patients manage their tinnitus. The goal of these therapies is to reduce the patient’s awareness of the sound so it becomes manageable.
The first step to understanding your tinnitus is to have a complete Audiological evaluation. This exam will evaluate the entire auditory system to see if there is any hearing loss and whether or not it can be medically or surgically managed. Then we can make a treatment plan to best manage your tinnitus.