Are you Suffering from any of these symptoms as a result of Tinnitus? Free 15 Min Consultation.

    Mild to severe anxiety
    Insomnia
    Triggered fight or flight

  Depression
  Negative thinking
  Crying spells

  Hopelessness
  Suicidal thoughts
  Ringing in the ears

    Do you feel your family and friends don’t understand?
    Are you growing more isolated?
    Do you feel like life will never be the same?
    Are you refraining from activities that you enjoy?
    Are you fearful of losing your job?
    Do you find that your thoughts tend to be negative?

If you answered yes to 3 or more of these questions or symptoms, then we can help.
You may be a candidate for Tinnitus Cognitive Retraining Therapy, or TCRT.  Stephen Geller Katz, LCSW-R, with over 20 years of clinical experience, a New York University graduate, developed Tinnitus Cognitive Retraining Therapy and founded Tinnitus Cognitive Center in response to the growing number of Tinnitus sufferers coming to his private practice. He discovered that by helping people to retrain and reinterpret the thoughts around their Tinnitus, anxiety and depression symptoms began to improve. But even more important so did the Tinnitus.

Call us at (646) 213-2321 for a FREE consultation.


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Ringing in the Ears – Do I have Tinnitus?

what-is-do-i-have-tinnitus-01Ringing in the ears can border on painful. Victims of tinnitus experience a wide range of symptoms capable of jeopardizing hearing, employment, and even relationships. The Tinnitus Cognitive Center can identify tinnitus and developed a therapy to help you control the effects of the condition.

What are the symptoms of Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is an audial condition which presents itself as a ringing, whooshing, high-pitched noise, or even a song. The noise occurs when the brain attempts to make sense of sound within certain frequency ranges. The intensity of this condition can become extremely discomforting and painful.

The perceived sound related to tinnitus ranges from quiet background noise to one that blocks out everything. For most people, this problem does not merely disappear. Symptoms often present themselves when environmental background noise reaches a particular frequency.

Tinnitus may be an intermittent or continuous condition. It may be slightly or significantly uncomfortable.

A common misdiagnosis of tinnitus occurs in patients with Radio Frequency hearing (RF Hearing). RF Hearing is a condition that causes individuals to hear high-pitched transmission frequencies.  Under special circumstances, people can hear frequencies ranging from 2.4 megahertz to 10 gigahertz.

Is Tinnitus a serious problem?

is-tinnitus-harmful-problem-02While tinnitus symptoms are present in a significant percentage of the population, the condition is subjective and difficult to measure objectively. The tinnitus Handicap Inventory is used to measure the seriousness of the issue. This subjective test measures the issue based on an impact scale assessing the effect of the issue on a person’s quality of life.

Sufferers of tinnitus can experience panic attacks, increased depression, exhaustion, and a host of other issues. The brain perceives the ringing in the ears as dangerous which results in the production of adrenaline and a fight or flight response.

The fight or flight response creates a negative feedback loop which results in increased stress levels which, in turn, worsens symptoms. If left untreated, the effects will continue to grow worse.

When tinnitus symptoms become too great, quality of life may be impaired. Speaking with others, remaining well rested, and maintaining a daily routine are all affected by the symptoms. Forty-two percent of people suffering from the condition report adverse work affects.  Victims have even reported suicidal thoughts.

What causes Tinnitus?

tinnitus-specialist-ringing-ears-nyc-03The origins of tinnitus range from sensorineural hearing loss or congenital hearing loss to traumatic brain injuries and taking certain medications. The most common source of the condition is noise-induced hearing loss. This form of hearing loss is common in most industrialized countries.

There are a wide number of triggers which cause the noise. This includes common wiring and sound signal transmissions.

How do I stop the ringing in my ears?

Stress relief, the removal of irritants, being open about the condition, or cognitive training helps reduce the symptoms. However, tinnitus does not entirely disappear for most people.  Instead, efforts to control tinnitus focus on management of the symptoms rather than finding a complete cure.

When the roaring, whooshing, and ringing in the ears becomes too much to bear, the Tinnitus Cognitive Center can help. The center developed a unique therapy, cognitive retraining therapy, which retrains the brain to allow you to continue to live a normal and healthy life. Contact Stephen Geller Katz, LCSW-R for more information.

Stephen Geller Katz, LCSW-R
19 West 34th Street
Penthouse Floor
New York, NY 10001
646-213-2321

The 5 Most Common Causes of Tinnitus

Although the cause of tinnitus is not exactly known, it is thought to be an issue with how the ear hears sounds, along with how the brain interprets them. Tinnitus is generally characterized by a ringing sound within the ear. In many cases, tinnitus is caused by hearing loss or damage to the inner ear, however, around one in three people with this condition do not have an obvious problem with their hearing or ears. Here are the five most common causes of tinnitus.

#1. Inner Ear Damage:

The 5 Most Common Causes of TinnitusMore often than not, tinnitus is caused by damage to the inner ear. When we hear sounds, they pass through from the outer to the inner ear, which contains the cochlea and auditory nerve. If part of the cochlea becomes damaged, it may stop sending information to your brain as effectively, which then leads to the brain ‘seeking out’ parts of the cochlea that are still working. As a result, these signals may then become over-represented in the brain, leading to the sounds of tinnitus.

#2. Earwax Build-Up:

If you are suffering from tinnitus and do not have any obvious hearing loss problem, nor have suffered any damage to your ear, then this condition could be caused by something as simple as ear-wax build up. A build-up of ear-wax will block the ear, potentially leading to the sounds of tinnitus occurring. Having your ears drained by a medical professional should solve the problem.

#3. Ear Infections:

The 5 Most Common Causes of TinnitusEar infections can cause temporary damage to the cochlea, leading to tinnitus-like symptoms. If you have been suffering from a cold or the flu, or are prone to ear infections, then this could be the main reason for hearing tinnitus sounds. Thankfully, your doctor should be able to help by prescribing a course of antibiotics.

#4. Meniere’s Disease:

This is a condition of the inner ear that brings on sudden attacks of vertigo, pressure inside the ear, hearing loss, and tinnitus. Symptoms can vary from person to person, however, they typically tend to happen all at once and can last minutes or hours. If you think that you may have Meniere’s Disease, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

#5. Perforated Eardrum:

The 5 Most Common Causes of TinnitusA ruptured or perforated eardrum can lead to tinnitus-like symptoms such as a ringing sound in the ear. Although this condition will usually heal by itself within a few weeks, it’s a good idea to see your doctor to prevent infections or further damage.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment for the best tinnitus treatment in NYC.

Call today for a free 15min phone consultation 646-213-2321

I have Ringing in my ears do I have Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a symptom, where there are numerous causes. It could be caused by a variety of things from working in a loud environment, to a muscle spasm in the middle ear. Whatever the cause it could be difficult for you to deal with everyday life. The question is how do you know if you have tinnitus?

The first thing to understand is that this is a common symptom that can arise from numerous sources. There is no one place or point where you might cause these symptoms to appear. For example, if you happened to have a day where there was a lot of loud noises, you may spend a few days dealing with ringing in your ears afterwards. Usually it goes away. Individuals who work in constantly loud environments such as around machinery, in the military, near airplanes, or in closed in loud spaces can develop permanent tinnitus.

What Happens When the Ringing Doesn’t Go Away?

You have taken yourself out of the environment. You have spent days in the quiet trying to get your hearing back to normal. If it does not return to normal then where does that leave you? In some cases, you may just be able to tune it out. It is common for people to have tinnitus. In fact, 15% of the American population has some level of Tinnitus. Some people have just a little bit of a problem, it is ignored easily and they go on with their lives. Some people need to have serious help because the problem has gotten to the point that they can no longer handle the noise.

Treatment Options for tinnitus:

Treatment options are varied. There is no actual cure for this condition. In part, this is because it is a symptom and there may not be a way to solve the problem causing the Tinnitus. Treatment options range from over-the-counter medications to retraining therapy. In other cases it is actually the medications causing the symptoms. While there may be no way to cure Tinnitus, there are many ways to reduce the symptoms so that you do not have to be overwhelmed with the condition.

If you are not sure if you have Tinnitus, contact us, we are NYC’s trusted Tinnitus Specialists. Book an appointment now to find some much-needed relief.

Category Archives: do i have tinnitus

Ringing in the Ears – Do I have Tinnitus?

what-is-do-i-have-tinnitus-01Ringing in the ears can border on painful. Victims of tinnitus experience a wide range of symptoms capable of jeopardizing hearing, employment, and even relationships. The Tinnitus Cognitive Center can identify tinnitus and developed a therapy to help you control the effects of the condition.

What are the symptoms of Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is an audial condition which presents itself as a ringing, whooshing, high-pitched noise, or even a song. The noise occurs when the brain attempts to make sense of sound within certain frequency ranges. The intensity of this condition can become extremely discomforting and painful.

The perceived sound related to tinnitus ranges from quiet background noise to one that blocks out everything. For most people, this problem does not merely disappear. Symptoms often present themselves when environmental background noise reaches a particular frequency.

Tinnitus may be an intermittent or continuous condition. It may be slightly or significantly uncomfortable.

A common misdiagnosis of tinnitus occurs in patients with Radio Frequency hearing (RF Hearing). RF Hearing is a condition that causes individuals to hear high-pitched transmission frequencies.  Under special circumstances, people can hear frequencies ranging from 2.4 megahertz to 10 gigahertz.

Is Tinnitus a serious problem?

is-tinnitus-harmful-problem-02While tinnitus symptoms are present in a significant percentage of the population, the condition is subjective and difficult to measure objectively. The tinnitus Handicap Inventory is used to measure the seriousness of the issue. This subjective test measures the issue based on an impact scale assessing the effect of the issue on a person’s quality of life.

Sufferers of tinnitus can experience panic attacks, increased depression, exhaustion, and a host of other issues. The brain perceives the ringing in the ears as dangerous which results in the production of adrenaline and a fight or flight response.

The fight or flight response creates a negative feedback loop which results in increased stress levels which, in turn, worsens symptoms. If left untreated, the effects will continue to grow worse.

When tinnitus symptoms become too great, quality of life may be impaired. Speaking with others, remaining well rested, and maintaining a daily routine are all affected by the symptoms. Forty-two percent of people suffering from the condition report adverse work affects.  Victims have even reported suicidal thoughts.

What causes Tinnitus?

tinnitus-specialist-ringing-ears-nyc-03The origins of tinnitus range from sensorineural hearing loss or congenital hearing loss to traumatic brain injuries and taking certain medications. The most common source of the condition is noise-induced hearing loss. This form of hearing loss is common in most industrialized countries.

There are a wide number of triggers which cause the noise. This includes common wiring and sound signal transmissions.

How do I stop the ringing in my ears?

Stress relief, the removal of irritants, being open about the condition, or cognitive training helps reduce the symptoms. However, tinnitus does not entirely disappear for most people.  Instead, efforts to control tinnitus focus on management of the symptoms rather than finding a complete cure.

When the roaring, whooshing, and ringing in the ears becomes too much to bear, the Tinnitus Cognitive Center can help. The center developed a unique therapy, cognitive retraining therapy, which retrains the brain to allow you to continue to live a normal and healthy life. Contact Stephen Geller Katz, LCSW-R for more information.

Stephen Geller Katz, LCSW-R
19 West 34th Street
Penthouse Floor
New York, NY 10001
646-213-2321

The 5 Most Common Causes of Tinnitus

Although the cause of tinnitus is not exactly known, it is thought to be an issue with how the ear hears sounds, along with how the brain interprets them. Tinnitus is generally characterized by a ringing sound within the ear. In many cases, tinnitus is caused by hearing loss or damage to the inner ear, however, around one in three people with this condition do not have an obvious problem with their hearing or ears. Here are the five most common causes of tinnitus.

#1. Inner Ear Damage:

The 5 Most Common Causes of TinnitusMore often than not, tinnitus is caused by damage to the inner ear. When we hear sounds, they pass through from the outer to the inner ear, which contains the cochlea and auditory nerve. If part of the cochlea becomes damaged, it may stop sending information to your brain as effectively, which then leads to the brain ‘seeking out’ parts of the cochlea that are still working. As a result, these signals may then become over-represented in the brain, leading to the sounds of tinnitus.

#2. Earwax Build-Up:

If you are suffering from tinnitus and do not have any obvious hearing loss problem, nor have suffered any damage to your ear, then this condition could be caused by something as simple as ear-wax build up. A build-up of ear-wax will block the ear, potentially leading to the sounds of tinnitus occurring. Having your ears drained by a medical professional should solve the problem.

#3. Ear Infections:

The 5 Most Common Causes of TinnitusEar infections can cause temporary damage to the cochlea, leading to tinnitus-like symptoms. If you have been suffering from a cold or the flu, or are prone to ear infections, then this could be the main reason for hearing tinnitus sounds. Thankfully, your doctor should be able to help by prescribing a course of antibiotics.

#4. Meniere’s Disease:

This is a condition of the inner ear that brings on sudden attacks of vertigo, pressure inside the ear, hearing loss, and tinnitus. Symptoms can vary from person to person, however, they typically tend to happen all at once and can last minutes or hours. If you think that you may have Meniere’s Disease, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

#5. Perforated Eardrum:

The 5 Most Common Causes of TinnitusA ruptured or perforated eardrum can lead to tinnitus-like symptoms such as a ringing sound in the ear. Although this condition will usually heal by itself within a few weeks, it’s a good idea to see your doctor to prevent infections or further damage.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment for the best tinnitus treatment in NYC.

Call today for a free 15min phone consultation 646-213-2321

I have Ringing in my ears do I have Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a symptom, where there are numerous causes. It could be caused by a variety of things from working in a loud environment, to a muscle spasm in the middle ear. Whatever the cause it could be difficult for you to deal with everyday life. The question is how do you know if you have tinnitus?

The first thing to understand is that this is a common symptom that can arise from numerous sources. There is no one place or point where you might cause these symptoms to appear. For example, if you happened to have a day where there was a lot of loud noises, you may spend a few days dealing with ringing in your ears afterwards. Usually it goes away. Individuals who work in constantly loud environments such as around machinery, in the military, near airplanes, or in closed in loud spaces can develop permanent tinnitus.

What Happens When the Ringing Doesn’t Go Away?

You have taken yourself out of the environment. You have spent days in the quiet trying to get your hearing back to normal. If it does not return to normal then where does that leave you? In some cases, you may just be able to tune it out. It is common for people to have tinnitus. In fact, 15% of the American population has some level of Tinnitus. Some people have just a little bit of a problem, it is ignored easily and they go on with their lives. Some people need to have serious help because the problem has gotten to the point that they can no longer handle the noise.

Treatment Options for tinnitus:

Treatment options are varied. There is no actual cure for this condition. In part, this is because it is a symptom and there may not be a way to solve the problem causing the Tinnitus. Treatment options range from over-the-counter medications to retraining therapy. In other cases it is actually the medications causing the symptoms. While there may be no way to cure Tinnitus, there are many ways to reduce the symptoms so that you do not have to be overwhelmed with the condition.

If you are not sure if you have Tinnitus, contact us, we are NYC’s trusted Tinnitus Specialists. Book an appointment now to find some much-needed relief.

Tinnitus Cognitive Center

Stephen Geller Katz, LCSW-R
19 West 34th Street
Penthouse Floor
New York, NY 10001


Call today for a consultation
646-213-2321