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    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.

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Category Archives: Sound Disorders

Tinnitus & Sound Disorders

Tinnitus & Sound Disorders are a problem for many. Your ear has three main parts: inner, middle, and outer. To perform the function of hearing, you use all the parts. Sound waves enter your ear through the outer ear and then reach the middle part. In the middle ear, these waves vibrate your eardrum. There are three tiny bones in your middle ear called ossicles. These bones send the vibration to your inner ear. The inner ear is a snail-shaped organ that makes nerve impulses and sends them to your brain through sensory nerves. Your brain then recognizes these impulses as sounds.

Main Causes of Tinnitus
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Tinnitus & Sound Disorders

Ear Infections

You may feel severe pain if you have an ear infection because of the fluid buildup and inflammation in your middle ear. This infection can be acute or chronic. Acute infections are painful, but they only last for a short period. Chronic infection can last for a long time. It can reoccur and cause permanent damage to the middle ear.

Causes of Ear Infections

An ear infection occurs when your Eustachian tube becomes blocked or swollen. The Eustachian tube connects your middle ear with your nasal cavity and upper throat and is an exit for the fluid. Any blockage in this tube can cause fluid to build up in your middle ear.

The following can be the reasons for Eustachian Tube blockage:

  • Air pressure changes
  • Allergies
  • Sinus infections
  • Colds
  • Excess mucus
  • Smoking
  • Swollen or infected adenoids

Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a common problem causing a ringing noise in the ears without an external source. Tinnitus can result from a variety of diseases or some damage to your inner ear. It happens due to hearing loss, circulatory system disorder, ear injury, etc. It can improve with treatment. Usually, your doctor will identify the cause of Tinnitus and treat. Because of that, your Tinnitus goes away. Masking techniques also work well in making this noise less noticeable.

Causes of Tinnitus

Tinnitus may occur due to the following reasons:

  • Exposure to loud noise
  • Blockage of earwax
  • Changes in ear bone
  • TMJ disorder
  • Eustachian tube dysfunction
  • Meniere’s disease

What are the main causes of tinnitus?
(Source)

Meniere’s Disease

Meniere’s disease is a condition that affects your inner ear and causes you to feel vertigo. You may experience a specific type of dizziness as though you are spinning. Meniere’s disease occurs in one or both ears, and can cause permanent hearing loss.

Causes of Meniere’s Disease

An infection in your ear causes fluid buildup in your labyrinth, which is a part of your inner ear. When this part of your ear fills with excess fluid, it interferes with the signals that your brain receives. With interference in the signals to the brain, you may feel hearing problems and vertigo.

It isn’t yet clear why people get infected with this disease, but researchers suggest following theories as the possible causes of fluid buildup:

  • Viral infection
  • Allergic reaction
  • Migraine headaches
  • Blow to the head
  • Inherited tendency
  • Autoimmune responses
  • Poor drainage

Ear Barotrauma

This condition is a result of pressure differences between the outside and inside of the ear. Ear barotrauma can cause you pain, and in some cases, permanent hearing loss. The middle has air in and contains three small bones helping send the sound to the inner ear through vibration. The Eustachian tube also connects with this part of the area

The pressure inside the middle ear and outside environment should match. If there is any change in pressure, the Eustachian tube opens to equalize the pressure. Sometimes, this tube doesn’t open, damaging the eardrum due to change in the pressure. The eardrum is separating the middle and outer ear. A change in pressure causes damage or bleeding in the inner, middle, or outer ear. This condition can usually happen during air travel and diving.

Causes of Ear Barotrauma

Ear barotraumas occur due to pressure imbalance between the outer environment, and the environment inside the ear. The imbalance can occur due to an issue with the Eustachian tube. The fluid buildup or inflammation around the Eustachian tube can cause ear barotrauma. Some of these factors include:

  • Sinus congestion
  • Allergies
  • Anatomical abnormalities
  • Certain hormonal changes
  • Exposure to smoke
  • Cold or any other infection

Conclusion

Contact the Tinnitus Cognitive Center at (646) 213-2321 to get help with your condition as soon as possible. Our specialist, Stephen Katz LCSW, can help you live a normal life by treating a variety of issues with sound disorders, especially Tinnitus.

Sound Disorders: Tinnitus

Do you have a sound disorder such as tinnitus? Tinnitus is a condition that causes a constant ringing or buzzing sound, hence the name “Ringing in the Ears”. This sound may be continuous, or it may occur off and on. Tinnitus sounds can be frustrating and lead to depression, stress, and anxiety. Tinnitus is not a disease itself, but a condition that arises because of other diseases.

Sound Disorders: Tinnitus
(Source)

Sound Disorders: Tinnitus Symptoms

Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing sounds without any external source. The symptoms of Tinnitus include phantom noises in your ear, such as the following:

  • Ringing
  • Roaring
  • Hissing
  • Buzzing
  • Clicking
  • Humming

The noises may occur in different pitches in one or both ears. In some cases, the intensity of sound can be so loud that it affects the concentration of the person or drowns out other sounds from the surroundings. There are two types of Tinnitus:

  1. Subjective Tinnitus

Only you can hear subjective Tinnitus. This type of Tinnitus is common. The region from where this condition originates is the inner, middle, and/or outer ear. It can also occur due to the problems in your hearing nerves or the sensory part of your brain.

  1. Objective Tinnitus

Objective Tinnitus can even be heard by your doctor while examining. This Tinnitus is a rare type and can occur due to a blood vessel problem, muscle contraction, or a bone condition in the middle ear.

Common Causes of Tinnitus

Many different health conditions can cause Tinnitus. Finding the exact cause is sometimes hard. Tinnitus may be a symptom of the following conditions:

  1. Age Factor

Hearing gets worse with age and can lead to Tinnitus. The chance of getting Tinnitus grows significantly after the age of 60. This type of hearing loss is medically known as presbycusis.

  1. Exposure to Loud Noise

Loud noises from chainsaws, heavy equipment, and firearms are common causes of hearing loss. The continuous use of headphones for hearing loud music can result in noise-related hearing loss. It is advisable to keep your headphone volume low or take breaks while hearing music to reduce the chances of getting Tinnitus.

  1. Earwax blockage

Earwax helps trap dirt and slows down the growth of bacteria in your ear canal. Too much earwax is hard to drain causes a blockage in the ear, resulting in irritation or hearing loss. If not addressed on time, this situation can lead to Tinnitus.

  1. Changes in Ear Bone

When bones get stiff in your middle ear, they can cause hearing loss and Tinnitus. This condition usually runs in families.

Other Causes of Tinnitus

These are some other common causes of Tinnitus:

  1. Meniere’s disease

Meniere’s disease is a disorder that occurs due to abnormal fluid pressure in the inner ear. Tinnitus may be an indicator of this disease.

  1. TMJ disorders

Misalignment of the temporomandibular joint, which is present near your middle ear, can cause Tinnitus. This joint connects your lower jaw with your head.

  1. Head or Neck Injury

Head or neck injury can affect the inner ear, brain function, or hearing nerves linked. Generally, this condition only occurs in one ear.

Tinnitus- Sound Disorder
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  1. Acoustic Neuroma

Acoustic Neuroma tumor is non-cancerous and develops on the cranial nerve. This nerve controls your balance and hearing and runs to your inner ear from your brain. This condition also occurs in only one ear.

5.     Dysfunction of the Eustachian Tube

When the Eustachian tube remains expanded, you may feel fullness in your ear. This tube connects your middle ear with the lower throat and nasal area. It helps in removing excess fluid from your ear. The causes of such dysfunction include pregnancy, loss of weight, and radiation therapy.

  1. Inner Ear Muscle Spasm

A neurological disease like multiple sclerosis can cause this condition. Sometimes, it can happen with no explainable reason. This condition can also be a result of muscle spasm inside your inner ear. You may feel Tinnitus, the fullness of ear, or hearing loss.

Conclusion

If you have Tinnitus, you should visit a Tinnitus treatment specialist as soon as possible as this condition can get severe with time. Tinnitus treatment specialist, Stephen Katz, can help you with your Tinnitus.

Contact us at (646) 213-2321 or schedule an online session to discuss your options.

Category Archives: Sound Disorders

Tinnitus & Sound Disorders

Tinnitus & Sound Disorders are a problem for many. Your ear has three main parts: inner, middle, and outer. To perform the function of hearing, you use all the parts. Sound waves enter your ear through the outer ear and then reach the middle part. In the middle ear, these waves vibrate your eardrum. There are three tiny bones in your middle ear called ossicles. These bones send the vibration to your inner ear. The inner ear is a snail-shaped organ that makes nerve impulses and sends them to your brain through sensory nerves. Your brain then recognizes these impulses as sounds.

Main Causes of Tinnitus
(Source)

Tinnitus & Sound Disorders

Ear Infections

You may feel severe pain if you have an ear infection because of the fluid buildup and inflammation in your middle ear. This infection can be acute or chronic. Acute infections are painful, but they only last for a short period. Chronic infection can last for a long time. It can reoccur and cause permanent damage to the middle ear.

Causes of Ear Infections

An ear infection occurs when your Eustachian tube becomes blocked or swollen. The Eustachian tube connects your middle ear with your nasal cavity and upper throat and is an exit for the fluid. Any blockage in this tube can cause fluid to build up in your middle ear.

The following can be the reasons for Eustachian Tube blockage:

  • Air pressure changes
  • Allergies
  • Sinus infections
  • Colds
  • Excess mucus
  • Smoking
  • Swollen or infected adenoids

Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a common problem causing a ringing noise in the ears without an external source. Tinnitus can result from a variety of diseases or some damage to your inner ear. It happens due to hearing loss, circulatory system disorder, ear injury, etc. It can improve with treatment. Usually, your doctor will identify the cause of Tinnitus and treat. Because of that, your Tinnitus goes away. Masking techniques also work well in making this noise less noticeable.

Causes of Tinnitus

Tinnitus may occur due to the following reasons:

  • Exposure to loud noise
  • Blockage of earwax
  • Changes in ear bone
  • TMJ disorder
  • Eustachian tube dysfunction
  • Meniere’s disease

What are the main causes of tinnitus?
(Source)

Meniere’s Disease

Meniere’s disease is a condition that affects your inner ear and causes you to feel vertigo. You may experience a specific type of dizziness as though you are spinning. Meniere’s disease occurs in one or both ears, and can cause permanent hearing loss.

Causes of Meniere’s Disease

An infection in your ear causes fluid buildup in your labyrinth, which is a part of your inner ear. When this part of your ear fills with excess fluid, it interferes with the signals that your brain receives. With interference in the signals to the brain, you may feel hearing problems and vertigo.

It isn’t yet clear why people get infected with this disease, but researchers suggest following theories as the possible causes of fluid buildup:

  • Viral infection
  • Allergic reaction
  • Migraine headaches
  • Blow to the head
  • Inherited tendency
  • Autoimmune responses
  • Poor drainage

Ear Barotrauma

This condition is a result of pressure differences between the outside and inside of the ear. Ear barotrauma can cause you pain, and in some cases, permanent hearing loss. The middle has air in and contains three small bones helping send the sound to the inner ear through vibration. The Eustachian tube also connects with this part of the area

The pressure inside the middle ear and outside environment should match. If there is any change in pressure, the Eustachian tube opens to equalize the pressure. Sometimes, this tube doesn’t open, damaging the eardrum due to change in the pressure. The eardrum is separating the middle and outer ear. A change in pressure causes damage or bleeding in the inner, middle, or outer ear. This condition can usually happen during air travel and diving.

Causes of Ear Barotrauma

Ear barotraumas occur due to pressure imbalance between the outer environment, and the environment inside the ear. The imbalance can occur due to an issue with the Eustachian tube. The fluid buildup or inflammation around the Eustachian tube can cause ear barotrauma. Some of these factors include:

  • Sinus congestion
  • Allergies
  • Anatomical abnormalities
  • Certain hormonal changes
  • Exposure to smoke
  • Cold or any other infection

Conclusion

Contact the Tinnitus Cognitive Center at (646) 213-2321 to get help with your condition as soon as possible. Our specialist, Stephen Katz LCSW, can help you live a normal life by treating a variety of issues with sound disorders, especially Tinnitus.

Sound Disorders: Tinnitus

Do you have a sound disorder such as tinnitus? Tinnitus is a condition that causes a constant ringing or buzzing sound, hence the name “Ringing in the Ears”. This sound may be continuous, or it may occur off and on. Tinnitus sounds can be frustrating and lead to depression, stress, and anxiety. Tinnitus is not a disease itself, but a condition that arises because of other diseases.

Sound Disorders: Tinnitus
(Source)

Sound Disorders: Tinnitus Symptoms

Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing sounds without any external source. The symptoms of Tinnitus include phantom noises in your ear, such as the following:

  • Ringing
  • Roaring
  • Hissing
  • Buzzing
  • Clicking
  • Humming

The noises may occur in different pitches in one or both ears. In some cases, the intensity of sound can be so loud that it affects the concentration of the person or drowns out other sounds from the surroundings. There are two types of Tinnitus:

  1. Subjective Tinnitus

Only you can hear subjective Tinnitus. This type of Tinnitus is common. The region from where this condition originates is the inner, middle, and/or outer ear. It can also occur due to the problems in your hearing nerves or the sensory part of your brain.

  1. Objective Tinnitus

Objective Tinnitus can even be heard by your doctor while examining. This Tinnitus is a rare type and can occur due to a blood vessel problem, muscle contraction, or a bone condition in the middle ear.

Common Causes of Tinnitus

Many different health conditions can cause Tinnitus. Finding the exact cause is sometimes hard. Tinnitus may be a symptom of the following conditions:

  1. Age Factor

Hearing gets worse with age and can lead to Tinnitus. The chance of getting Tinnitus grows significantly after the age of 60. This type of hearing loss is medically known as presbycusis.

  1. Exposure to Loud Noise

Loud noises from chainsaws, heavy equipment, and firearms are common causes of hearing loss. The continuous use of headphones for hearing loud music can result in noise-related hearing loss. It is advisable to keep your headphone volume low or take breaks while hearing music to reduce the chances of getting Tinnitus.

  1. Earwax blockage

Earwax helps trap dirt and slows down the growth of bacteria in your ear canal. Too much earwax is hard to drain causes a blockage in the ear, resulting in irritation or hearing loss. If not addressed on time, this situation can lead to Tinnitus.

  1. Changes in Ear Bone

When bones get stiff in your middle ear, they can cause hearing loss and Tinnitus. This condition usually runs in families.

Other Causes of Tinnitus

These are some other common causes of Tinnitus:

  1. Meniere’s disease

Meniere’s disease is a disorder that occurs due to abnormal fluid pressure in the inner ear. Tinnitus may be an indicator of this disease.

  1. TMJ disorders

Misalignment of the temporomandibular joint, which is present near your middle ear, can cause Tinnitus. This joint connects your lower jaw with your head.

  1. Head or Neck Injury

Head or neck injury can affect the inner ear, brain function, or hearing nerves linked. Generally, this condition only occurs in one ear.

Tinnitus- Sound Disorder
(Source)

  1. Acoustic Neuroma

Acoustic Neuroma tumor is non-cancerous and develops on the cranial nerve. This nerve controls your balance and hearing and runs to your inner ear from your brain. This condition also occurs in only one ear.

5.     Dysfunction of the Eustachian Tube

When the Eustachian tube remains expanded, you may feel fullness in your ear. This tube connects your middle ear with the lower throat and nasal area. It helps in removing excess fluid from your ear. The causes of such dysfunction include pregnancy, loss of weight, and radiation therapy.

  1. Inner Ear Muscle Spasm

A neurological disease like multiple sclerosis can cause this condition. Sometimes, it can happen with no explainable reason. This condition can also be a result of muscle spasm inside your inner ear. You may feel Tinnitus, the fullness of ear, or hearing loss.

Conclusion

If you have Tinnitus, you should visit a Tinnitus treatment specialist as soon as possible as this condition can get severe with time. Tinnitus treatment specialist, Stephen Katz, can help you with your Tinnitus.

Contact us at (646) 213-2321 or schedule an online session to discuss your options.

Tinnitus Cognitive Center

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


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