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Tinnitus is a symptom usually described as a “noise” in the ears or head that does not come from the external environment. Tinnitus awareness levels can range from annoying to debilitating. It is important to remember that the symptom has many potential causes and is quite common. According to the American Tinnitus Association, more than 50 million Americans experience tinnitus to a greater or lesser degree.

Common Causes

Among a range of others, common causes of tinnitus include hearing loss, exposure to loud noise, aging, head injury, stress, anxiety, dental issues, medications and ear disorders. It is important to note that the causes of tinnitus can be physical and / or neurological.

Luckily, treatment is available. As one of the most well recognized tinnitus specialists in the state of New Jersey, we are here to identify and treat tinnitus patients of all ages.

Subjective Tinnitus:

Head or ear noises that are perceivable only to specific patients. Subjective tinnitus is usually treatable to the auditory and neurological reaction to hearing loss, but can also be caused by an array of other catalysts. More than 99% of all tinnitus reported tinnitus cases are of the subjective variety.

Objective Tinnitus:

Head or ear noises that are audible to other people, as well as the patient. These sounds are usually produced by internal functions in the body’s circulatory (blood flow) and somatic (musculo-skeletal movement) systems. Objective tinnitus is very rare, representing less than 1% of total cases.

Distressing Tinnitus

Is mostly due to a person’s reaction to hearing the tinnitus, rather than just due to the presence of tinnitus itself. When tinnitus is first heard a person may become concerned that it is a danger signal of something wrong internally and the brain will not allow you to “ ignore something it perceives as a danger”. The more the person tries to control the tinnitus, the louder it seems to get.

Non Distressing Tinnitus

ccurs when the brain has judged the sound to be of no particular importance and produces little activation of the limbic (emotional) and autonomic nervous system. This is the key behind Providing relief for patient with distressing tinnitus. With repetitive appearance of this particular sound, the pathways will block it., and there will be little to no awareness of sound. The brain is capable of filtering out continuous background and non threatening inputs from the senses. This is the process of habituation. The brain reclassifies tinnitus into the category of a “ non threating” signal. Habituation is not a cure for tinnitus. Tinnitus will still be hears when attention is directed towards it, but there is no “ negative” reaction to the tinnitus and overall awareness is greatly reduced.

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