About 20 percent of Americans report some degree of hearing loss.
By age 65, 1 in 3 people will have developed hearing loss. New research indicates that hearing loss is associated with social isolation, depression, lower income levels, and cognitive impairment and dementia. Appropriate diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss is important to help prevent these issues and to get you back to enjoying life again.
Tinnitus or “ringing in the ears,” is the sensation of hearing ringing, buzzing, hissing, chirping, whistling, or other sounds in the ears or head. The ATA (American Tinnitus Association) estimates that over 50 million Americans experience tinnitus to some degree. The most common cause of tinnitus is noise-induced or age-related hearing loss. Less common causes include medication side effect, hearing loss due to ear wax or middle ear fluid, cardiovascular disease, or rarely slow growing benign tumors of the auditory nerve. While tinnitus, is a common side effect of hearing loss, it should be evaluated as it may rarely be due to other conditions.