Tinnitus is identified as a continuous background sound which the suffer may hear as a buzzing, ringing, roaring, hissing, or clicking sounds. These sounds can vary in pitch and you could have either unilateral (single ear) tinnitus or bilateral (both ears) tinnitus. It is possible to have continuous tinnitus or struggle with tinnitus which comes and goes.

There are three types of tinnitus:

Temporary tinnitus — Many people deal with temporary tinnitus which usually does not last longer than 5 minutes.

Subjective tinnitus — This is the most common type of tinnitus, where only the person suffering from tinnitus can hear the sounds. When you have this kind of damage, damage can have occurred anywhere along your hearing pathways to produce the tinnitus symptoms. These symptoms can range from mild to severe.

Objective tinnitus — There is a rare kind of tinnitus which can be heard by a hearing specialist during an ear exam. It can indicate that there is a serious problem with the bones in your ear or other problems.

Since there is no external way to tell the difference between subjective tinnitus and objective tinnitus without an exam, it is important that you have your tinnitus checked by tinnitus experts.


There are a variety of reasons a person may suffer from tinnitus. By understanding potential causes, you may be able to prevent mild-to-moderate tinnitus symptom flare-ups. However, some factors are unavoidable.

Loud noise exposure — From loud activities like concerts to workplaces, loud noises can be one the largest causes of tinnitus. The sounds can damage the delicate hairs in your ears which transmit sounds, your eardrums, and even affect the middle ear bones.

Earwax — An excess of earwax or impacted earwax can cause tinnitus symptoms as sounds which make it past the blockage can become trapped. We offer cerumen management and can safely remove the excess earwax for you.

Neck or head injuries — The nerves in your head and the delicate bones in your ears can be affected by neck and/or head injuries, causing either temporary or permanent tinnitus symptoms.

Medication — Some medications are ototoxic, which means they have the potential to damage the user’s hearing. The effects can range from temporary to permanent hearing loss, so be sure to talk to your doctor about potential side effects before you begin a medication regime.

Diabetes — Unmanaged diabetes can cause serious damage to a person’s nerves throughout the body, including the auditory nerves.


When it comes to tinnitus, you don’t have to feel alone. Over 50 million Americans have dealt with tinnitus symptoms to some extent and that number is rising. But there are some demographics which can be more at-risk to tinnitus than others.

Seniors — As tinnitus is often a side effect of hearing loss and 1 out of 3 seniors over the age of 65 reports a degree of hearing loss, it is not surprising that many seniors often suffer from tinnitus.

Musicians — Constant exposure to loud levels of music often damages the hearings of musicians. Some famous musicians who suffer from tinnitus are Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas, Phil Collins from the band Genesis, and many others.

Earbud users — With the level of sound that can be piped directly into the ears by earbuds, it is not surprising that regular earbud users suffer from a certain amount of hearing damage and tinnitus.

Construction workers — Many construction zones can run at 90 decibels and higher depending on what tools are being used, which is the decibel level when hearing damage can occur. Wearing hearing protection gear is vital to protecting this demographic from tinnitus and hearing loss.

Smokers — Regular smokers are more susceptible to tinnitus as the nicotine in cigarettes interferes with the auditory nerve’s ability to receive transmissions from neurotransmitters.


Once you have a permanent form of tinnitus, there is no known cure at this time. However, there are many options when it comes to treating tinnitus. With Heroes of Hearing help, you can manage your tinnitus and receive real relief from your symptoms. Just a few of our treatment options are:

Sound therapy — We have a variety of sound therapy options available so you can choose the one which helps you relieve your tinnitus symptoms. You will also receive tinnitus management help along with sound therapy.

Hearing aids — Tinnitus and hearing loss are linked disorders, and many times by improving your ability to hear more, your tinnitus symptoms will decrease. This makes hearing aids a natural choice to help manage tinnitus.

Counseling — There is a mental toll on a person who is suffering from a sound that no one else can hear. Heroes of Hearing offer counseling and tinnitus management aid to help people overcome the mental aspects of living with tinnitus.

Be sure to contact us and set up a consultation with one of our tinnitus experts so we can help you find the right tinnitus treatment course for you.


Hyperacusis is the condition in which ordinary sounds seem unpleasantly loud or painful. Often associated with tinnitus, hyperacusis can be experienced by itself. In both cases, the cause may be an excessive responsiveness of the central auditory system.

Hyperacusis can be equally disruptive to day-to-day functioning. It can affect both children and adults. Exposure to loud noises such as rock concerts, gunfire, loud work environments, fireworks and airbag deployment in cars can all be causes of hyperacusis.

“In searching for help with my Pulsatile Tinnitus, I heard about masking devices that can really help replace the sound of the ringing. My hearing was fine and so I did not need hearing aids. I was directed to a product made by NuEar / Starkey. I located a new office in Tucson, which carried the products, and is also where I met Russell. I was very skeptical that a masking or sound replacement device could help, but I would leave no stone uncovered. Upon using the Tinnitus Technology Product (TTP) I was absolutely amazed at the relief I experienced. Nothing else I had tried had accomplished this. I bought it at that moment and have been using the product ever since. I was also very impressed with Russell. Over the years I’ve known him, I’ve found him to be a super honest, patient, knowledgeable, and caring provider who really cares about me. If you suffer from Tinnitus, you absolutely have to get the TTP from Starkey. Don’t wait another minute; it will change your life — I know it has mine. If you don’t have Tinnitus, but need other hearing services or hearing aids, I would also highly recommend Russell at Heroes of Hearing. One of the great things about how you’re treated at Heroes of Hearing is that Russell takes time in every aspect of your exam and treatment to thoroughly explain every step in the process. As a patient, this helps you feel very comfortable, informed, and never rushed.”– Jeff

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