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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

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    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?

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Physiology of Ear

What is physiology of ear? Can you imagine your life without hearing? Bless those souls who are leading their lives wonderfully without the sense of hearing. Your ears are one of the most vital parts of your body. They give you the gift of one of the five senses. Your ears have a perfectly shape to transmit and transduce the sounds to your brain.  Let us have a thorough understanding of the physiology of ear to appreciate its miraculous working.

The Outer Ear

An ear has three main parts: the outer ear, middle ear, and the inner. Let us understand the parts of an outer ear first. The outer inner is mainly the visible part of the ear. The outer ear is the entryway of the sound waves into the ear. Following are the parts of an outer ear.

Pinna

Most of the outer ear comprises of the pinna or an auricle, which is the visible fleshy part. Helix is the curving and outer rim of the pinna. As the curving of the pinna goes inward, the sound waves reach the antihelix, which opens in the ear canal. Pinna consists of single elastic cartilage that helps to hold and support the ear.

Ear Canal

It is the pathway between the outer ear and the middle ear through which the sound waves travel.

Tragus

The tragus is a small protruding opening that partially covers the ear canal. Interestingly tragus is also the name of the hair at the entrance of the ear.  The parallel side of the tragus is the antitragus.

The Middle Ear

The middle ear lies between the outer and inner ear. It has an air-filled cavity, the tympanic cavity and includes the ossicles.

Ossicles

The ossicles are the three bones Anvil, Hammer, and Stirrup present in the middle ear. The bones attach to the ear with their ligaments. These bones are the smallest bones of the human body. Ossicles help to direct and transmit the sound waves to the cochlea (the inner ear).

Eustachian Tube/Auditory Tube

This part of the middle ear connects to the throat and nasopharynx through the pharyngeal opening.

Round and Oval Windows

These two small windows provide openings to the inner ear.

Inner Ear

The inner ear is the area where the action starts. It sits in the bony labyrinth cavity of the ear. The inner ear has inter-connected tubes and chambers. The cochlea is the most important part of the inner ear. The other chambers with the fluid inside are the vestibular tubules or the semi-circular canals. These structures together form the membranous labyrinth of the inner ear.

Cochlea

This snail-shaped chamber receives sound waves from the middle ear. Any damage to the cochlea can partially or completely deafen you. Sound waves reach the brain through vestibulocochlear nerves present in the cochlea. The interpretation of the sounds waves takes place in the brain. The hairs in the cochlea also help in the transmission of the sound waves.

Conclusion

This was a simple and easy understanding of the physiology of the ear, highlighting the important components of the ears. As remarkable and well functioning the human ear is, it is also very delicate. Too much noise exposure can damage the cochlea and other important components of the ear.

If you experience ear-related problems, then contact us at 646-213-2321 to schedule a consultation. We at Tinnitus Cognitive Therapy have the best tinnitus specialist in NYC who offers advanced cognitive therapies for treating your ear-related problems.

Has the rate of Tinnitus Increased over the Years?

Has the rate of tinnitus increased over the years? Tinnitus is a condition wherein a person hears buzzing, ringing, hissing, and chirping in their ears with no physical source of the sound. Tinnitus is getting more common then you have probably thought it is. Around 32% of the US population has or ever had tinnitus, which are nearly 50 million people. Putting it more simply; the presence of tinnitus is approximately in one in ten adults. Let us have a look at how the rate of tinnitus has increased over the years and what can be the possible prevention and treatment.

The Patterns of Growing Tinnitus Rates

Several studies involving analysis of healthcare settings have helped in knowing the growing pattern of tinnitus. Overall the adults between the ages of 30-60 are more likely to get tinnitus. The leading cause is exposure to too much noise.

People with regular noise exposure are 20% more at risk of tinnitus than those who do not have much noise exposure at work. The duration of work in noise exposure areas is also a very important factor in this regard. People with work experience in noisy areas over ten years have 25% chances of tinnitus, whereas people with 0-2 years of work duration have a 13% prevalence of tinnitus.

One of the studies explains that men have 52% more chances of getting tinnitus than women.

Another factor was the exposure of loud recreational noise. Adults with exposure to loud recreational noise at least a month had prevalence of 23% whereas those without the exposure had 7% of chances of getting tinnitus.

Why Is There an Increase in the Rate of Tinnitus?

Tinnitus mainly occurs due to cochlear damage. As we use modern machines and technologies, we make the world a noisier place to live in.  The increase in the number of automobiles and vehicles has made the roads and streets noisy. You may feel unaffected with the traffic noise because you have developed a habit listening to it all the time. However, you might not have a clear idea of how noise is slowly degenerating the parts of your ears.

You are more likely to damage our cochlea even if you avoid noisy places but have earphones in your ears all the time.

Another reason for tinnitus is the auditory and respiratory-related disease. With the misuse of antibiotics, we have helped bacteria to develop resistance and pathogenicity. Thus, the prevalence and spread of respiratory infections are at the highest point than they ever were in history. The blockage of respiratory passage and ear canals caused due to infections is an underlying cause of tinnitus.

Certain antibiotics, antidepressants, anti-inflammatory, and quinine medications have tinnitus as a possible side effect.

Prevention

It is necessary to minimize the noise exposures as much as you can, to protect yourself from ear-related problems like Tinnitus.  If your workplace has too much noise exposure, you should take all the necessary precautions you can to minimize the noise and protect your ears. Use good quality ear protection and get an examination of your ears regularly.

Treatment

If you or your loved one already experience tinnitus then contact us at 646-213-2321 to book a consultation. Treat your tinnitus with best of our cognitive therapies before it gets too late. Stephen Geller Katz LCSW offers Tinnitus Cognitive Therapy sessions in his NYC office and online sessions.

Call today for a consultation:
646-213-2321

Is Tinnitus related to other conditions?

Many wonder if tinnitus related to other conditions. Tinnitus is a noise disorder that involves hearing loss and auditory issues. It is result of damage to the ‘cilia’ (hair cells) in our inner ears, which interrupts the normal process of sound interpretation. Usually, this condition stems from exposure to intensely loud and repetitive sound, which has a direct effect on your eardrums. If you listen to heavy metal music or work at a noisy factory then you are more likely to develop tinnitus.

Sometimes the cause of tinnitus is hard to uncover, this may be because it is a result of an underlying health issue or some other conditions. Let us discuss some of the conditions that have a connection with tinnitus.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

There are joints on each side of your jaw, people who suffer from TMJ disorders feel extreme pain in their jaws and muscles that control their jaw movement. They also find it hard to chew or bite food with ease. There may be a grating sensation when they try to chew. Other than that, jaw problems can cause tinnitus to develop.

The sounds that you hear have no external source. They are a result of the damage to the sensory neurons. Generally, tinnitus cases that have underlying disorders are hard to cure. However, individuals who suffer from tinnitus, which arises from TMJ, can get relief through proper treatment.

Dementia

A strong connection exists between hearing loss and dementia. Studies have shown that dementia has a connection with Tinnitus as well. Tinnitus can cause one to develop insomnia and experience trouble sleeping peacefully. Sufferers would often seek loneliness to escape the sounds that trigger their condition. They can also lose their concentration and focus.

The human brain has a very important concentration and memory function, which can stop working properly in the case of tinnitus. Tinnitus with its ringing feature, along with isolation being a major factor can lead towards developing dementia in older people. Early diagnosis of tinnitus and dementia means faster treatment. Specialists will recommend you to take hearing tests and use hearing aids.

Migraine

Tinnitus often leads to the development of headache disorders, one of which is ‘migraine.’ Patients complain that tinnitus drives them crazy because it enhances migraine attack episodes that are simply unbearable. Therapy and hearing aids help reduce symptoms.

Pulsatile Tinnitus

This type of tinnitus is severe and requires immediate medical attention because it may mean that there is a problem with your heart and circulatory system. Sufferers sense a triggering sound with every heart beat. It is also a sign of tumor or vessel problems. In such a case it is very important to keep a check on your blood pressure and visit your doctor for help regarding it.

Miniere’s Disease

This disease is a vestibular hearing disorder that occurs in the inner ear, affecting your hearing and balance. It has a connection with both vertigo and tinnitus. Along with congestion in the ears, patients of Miniere’s disease, experience ringing and attacks of severe dizziness. There is pain and pressure in the affected ear, as well as constant roaring or ringing.

Bottom-Line

There may be a variety of conditions that have a direct or indirection connection with Tinnitus. It is vital to visit a specialist who will look at your medical history and then recommend suitable treatment options. Schedule your appointment today with Stephen Katz, the best Tinnitus specialist in NYC to find out about the most effective treatment options.

Types of Tinnitus

categories-of-tinnitus-information-specialist-02There are multiple different types of tinnitus. The Tinnitus Cognitive Center can help you discern a course of action for whichever form of tinnitus you are suffering.

Are there different types of tinnitus?

Tinnitus comes in different forms. Some of these types are related to how the body affects your symptoms.

Pulsatile tinnitus is related to the circulation of blood through the body. Checking your pulse against the noise you are experiencing can verify this form of the condition.

Somatic tinnitus occurs when the sensory system influences or increases your symptoms. The root cause of this type is neck muscle spasms. It can be alleviated through correct posture and lifestyle changes such as sleeping in a better position.

Tinnitus may be mistaken for other Menieres disease as well. Dizziness and vertigo are related to Menieres but is not tinnitus.

This form is linked to phantom noises and even a painful ringing sound.

What categories of tinnitus exist?

types-of-tinnitus-01Two categories exist. These are subjective and objective.

Subjective tinnitus is most common and occurs in one or both ears.  In this form, others do not hear your phantom noises.

Objective tinnitus is rare and is closely related to pulsatile tinnitus. It occurs when people other than yourself can hear the perceived noise. Proper diet and exercise help mitigate objective tinnitus.

What causes tinnitus?

A variety of environmental, congenital, medical or other factors cause tinnitus. Head and neck injuries, medicine, inner ear damage, and loud noises are known to produce the condition.

Environmental factors are the most significant cause of tinnitus. Individuals working with machinery or in concert settings should always wear ear protection. Hearing loss is often associated with these settings as well.

The condition produces effects which worsen if left unchecked. Anxiety often results from the flight or fight response related to the associated phantom noises of subjective tinnitus. This reaction heightens stress, leads to issues such as lack of sleep and clinical depression, and in turn worsens symptoms.

Can I prevent tinnitus?

Mitigation is achievable through proper diet, exercise, and a reduction in stress levels. Removing loud noises from your environment can help as well.

Lifestyle changes are particularly useful for pulsatile tinnitus. High blood pressure, injury, and heart disease are causes of this condition.

In some cases, tinnitus is inevitable. Medicines, hearing loss, and congenital diseases are often unavoidable.

How are the different types of Tinnitus treated?

causes-of-tinnitus-specialist-nyc-03Tinnitus is uncurable. However, the symptoms are mitigable.

Treatments range from prescription drugs to cognitive retraining therapy. They work for most types of tinnitus.

Cognitive retraining therapy such as the Tinnitus Cognitive Retraining Therapy offered at our office work well. These therapies replace negative thoughts and reactions with a more positive response. Audio and behavioral therapy aims to make you more comfortable in dealing with your symptoms.

Unlike drugs, cognitive treatments do not have side effects. Dizziness, nausea, and addiction can occur when taking medicine. However, recent advances in understanding the ear may allow scientists to develop better drugs.

Alternative medicines are not proven to work. There is no correlation between the management of symptoms and treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, and dietary supplements.

The Tinnitus Cognitive Center offers a groundbreaking treatment for the condition. Contact Steven Geller Katz LCSW today to schedule an appointment.

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References

Keate, Barry. Somatic Tinnitus. 2018. Retrieved from https://www.tinnitusformula.com/library/somatic-tinnitus/

Tinnitus. (2017). Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinnitus/symptoms-causes/syc-20350156

Types of tinnitus. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.resound.com/en-us/hearing-loss/tinnitus/types.

What’s to know about pulsatile tinnitus? Barrell, Amanda. (2017, 22 September). Retrieved from https://www.ata.org/managing-your-tinnitus/treatment-options/sound-therapies 

What Do Tinnitus Sufferers Have in Common

 Tinnitus sufferersIt is clear that tinnitus is the perception of sound and sufferer may hear varying degree of noises in the ear by different types of exposure. Some people may develop tinnitus by external exposure while others develop due to an underlying disorder, but there is no specific agenda behind this mystery. Whatever the reason you may discover after diagnosis, the fact remains the same that you are suffering from troubleshooting of tinnitus. There are many leading causes of tinnitus that why it is difficult to examine theroot cause of tinnitus.

Common Elemental Problems Associated With Tinnitus

Besides the perception of sound this condition put some common effects on sufferers. Studies have found that tinnitus sufferers are more vulnerable to sleeping disorders, anxiety, depression, stress, and hypersensitivity. But it is still unclear that tinnitus creates these disorders, or these underlying conditions contribute to tinnitus occurrence.
Tinnitus is something that just not creates physical disorder, but it is also considered to affect the people at an emotional level. However, you can still overcome your disorder by self-analyzing your symptoms via comparing it with another sufferer to gain better options for management therapy.

Here are some common disorders that every sufferer might face during tinnitus:

Insomnia And Tinnitus

 Tinnitus sufferersMost sufferers of tinnitus have found difficulty in sleeping due to resuming and pausing sounds. It is found that people who are suffering from insomnia also receive the same ringing sensation just as the tinnitus victim experience. The prescribed sleeping pills during tinnitus also responsible for the creation of sleep disturbance as it alters your normal sleeping pattern. To avoid these chronic problems you have to involve remedial measure in your life to get proper relief.

Tinnitus And Hypersensitivity

There are different structural functions of the ear that works as a barrier against external noises. But excessive exposure leads to create unbearable tinnitus along other rare conditions. Most sufferer of tinnitus hears high-intensity noises during tinnitus episodes which are not present in the surrounding. This hypertensive process leads to creating intensifying auditory response in some people, and that is the reason people hear internal noises in the ear even the beats of heart and blood flow rate.

Depression And Tinnitus

 Tinnitus sufferersCongestive issues are also responsible for troubleshooting tinnitus such as anxiety and depression. In most of the cases is it seen that tinnitus create hopelessness due to frequent exposure to sounds. A recent report stated 40 to 70% of tinnitus patients with depression and other disruptive behavioral disorders.

Self Examination Of Tinnitus

Once you recognize the point source of your tinnitus condition, you can develop an easy and effective method to live even in compelling condition.

Bottom Line

Apart from seeing an audiologist, you can also learn to cope up with this condition even you experience this in your whole life!! You can also alleviate annoying sensation by avoiding unhealthy nuisance exposure as this exposure not only retard your cognitive abilities but can also leave you with hearing disability for your whole life. Moreover, be a self observer to point out tinnitus symptoms.

Tinnitus: Is There a Cure?

Tinnitus: Is There a Cure?Tinnitus is a condition that is mainly characterized by hearing ringing, buzzing, humming or hissing sounds in the ear that are not coming from the external environment. Although there is not usually a quick fix for tinnitus, unless it is caused by an easily treatable condition such as a middle ear infection or build-up of earwax, it will usually improve gradually over time. There are a number of treatments for tinnitus available which can help you cope with this condition and better manage the symptoms.

Treating Underlying Conditions:

Firstly, if you are suffering with tinnitus, the best thing to do is speak to your doctor and have them examine your ears to determine whether the condition has been caused by an easily treatable condition. In many cases, tinnitus is a symptom of minor ear issues, such as a perforated ear drum, an infection in the middle ear, or simply a build-up of too much ear wax. If your tinnitus is caused by any one of these conditions, they will usually be easy for your doctor to treat quickly with the appropriate methods, such as a course of antibiotics or earwax draining.

Correcting Hearing Loss:

Tinnitus: Is There a Cure?If you have tinnitus which is mainly caused by age-related hearing loss or otherwise, then dealing with the hearing loss should be the first step to solving the problem. Correcting even minor hearing loss issues can often mean that the parts of your brain which are involved in hearing will no longer need to work as hard when it comes to interpreting sounds; therefore, your brain will not pay as much attention to the tinnitus. The best course of action is to see a hearing specialist who will be able to recommend a suitable course of treatment, such as having a hearing aid fitted or in some cases, surgery.

Counseling and Therapy:

Tinnitus: Is There a Cure?As a continuous condition, tinnitus can often be very disruptive to the life of the patient. Many patients with tinnitus report a lack of focus and concentration due to the sounds that they hear, along with trouble sleeping and in some cases, mental health issues such as depression. Tinnitus counseling can be very useful by helping you to work together with your therapist to understand the condition and find healthy ways of managing and coping with it each day.

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What is Tinnitus?

What is TinnitusTinnitus is the term used to describe hearing sounds from inside your body, rather than from an external source. In most cases, tinnitus is characterized as a ringing sound inside the ears, although patients with this condition often report hearing several different sounds, including buzzing, grinding, hissing, whistling, and humming sounds. Some patients can hear sounds which are similar to music, whilst others report hearing noises that tend to beat in time with their pulse, which is known as pulsatile tinnitus. Patients with tinnitus may also notice some hearing loss and extra sensitivity to everyday sounds.

Is Tinnitus Serious?

If you are suffering with tinnitus, then the first thing that you’ll want to know is whether it is a serious condition. Thankfully, tinnitus is rarely a sign of a very serious underlying condition, and the symptoms will tend to go away after a short time for many. However, tinnitus

What is Tinnitus

can sometimes present itself as a continuous condition, which is when it can begin to have a significant impact on the patient’s everyday life. Severe cases of tinnitus can cause a lot of distress, have a huge impact on ability to focus and concentrate, and can lead to difficulty sleeping or depression.

When to See a Doctor:

If you are hearing continuous sounds in one or both ears that shouldn’t be there, then the best advice is to see your doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor will then be able to examine your ears to determine whether the problem is caused by an easily treatable condition such as an ear infection or perforated eardrum. They will also be able to carry out simple checks to detect any loss of hearing.

What Causes Tinnitus?

What is TinnitusThere is no known exact cause for tinnitus, however, the condition can develop either gradually over time, or come on suddenly. It often happens with some degree of hearing loss, although some patients with this condition do not report any damage to their hearing. Tinnitus is most often associated with age-related hearing loss, infections in the ear, inner ear damage caused by prolonged exposure to loud noises, build-up of earwax in the ear, or Meniere’s Disease, a condition which causes other symptoms such as vertigo and hearing loss. In some cases, there is no obvious reason for tinnitus to develop.

Do you think that you might be suffering with tinnitus? Contact us today to start your treatment with our NYC tinnitus experts.

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Physiology of Ear

What is physiology of ear? Can you imagine your life without hearing? Bless those souls who are leading their lives wonderfully without the sense of hearing. Your ears are one of the most vital parts of your body. They give you the gift of one of the five senses. Your ears have a perfectly shape to transmit and transduce the sounds to your brain.  Let us have a thorough understanding of the physiology of ear to appreciate its miraculous working.

The Outer Ear

An ear has three main parts: the outer ear, middle ear, and the inner. Let us understand the parts of an outer ear first. The outer inner is mainly the visible part of the ear. The outer ear is the entryway of the sound waves into the ear. Following are the parts of an outer ear.

Pinna

Most of the outer ear comprises of the pinna or an auricle, which is the visible fleshy part. Helix is the curving and outer rim of the pinna. As the curving of the pinna goes inward, the sound waves reach the antihelix, which opens in the ear canal. Pinna consists of single elastic cartilage that helps to hold and support the ear.

Ear Canal

It is the pathway between the outer ear and the middle ear through which the sound waves travel.

Tragus

The tragus is a small protruding opening that partially covers the ear canal. Interestingly tragus is also the name of the hair at the entrance of the ear.  The parallel side of the tragus is the antitragus.

The Middle Ear

The middle ear lies between the outer and inner ear. It has an air-filled cavity, the tympanic cavity and includes the ossicles.

Ossicles

The ossicles are the three bones Anvil, Hammer, and Stirrup present in the middle ear. The bones attach to the ear with their ligaments. These bones are the smallest bones of the human body. Ossicles help to direct and transmit the sound waves to the cochlea (the inner ear).

Eustachian Tube/Auditory Tube

This part of the middle ear connects to the throat and nasopharynx through the pharyngeal opening.

Round and Oval Windows

These two small windows provide openings to the inner ear.

Inner Ear

The inner ear is the area where the action starts. It sits in the bony labyrinth cavity of the ear. The inner ear has inter-connected tubes and chambers. The cochlea is the most important part of the inner ear. The other chambers with the fluid inside are the vestibular tubules or the semi-circular canals. These structures together form the membranous labyrinth of the inner ear.

Cochlea

This snail-shaped chamber receives sound waves from the middle ear. Any damage to the cochlea can partially or completely deafen you. Sound waves reach the brain through vestibulocochlear nerves present in the cochlea. The interpretation of the sounds waves takes place in the brain. The hairs in the cochlea also help in the transmission of the sound waves.

Conclusion

This was a simple and easy understanding of the physiology of the ear, highlighting the important components of the ears. As remarkable and well functioning the human ear is, it is also very delicate. Too much noise exposure can damage the cochlea and other important components of the ear.

If you experience ear-related problems, then contact us at 646-213-2321 to schedule a consultation. We at Tinnitus Cognitive Therapy have the best tinnitus specialist in NYC who offers advanced cognitive therapies for treating your ear-related problems.

Has the rate of Tinnitus Increased over the Years?

Has the rate of tinnitus increased over the years? Tinnitus is a condition wherein a person hears buzzing, ringing, hissing, and chirping in their ears with no physical source of the sound. Tinnitus is getting more common then you have probably thought it is. Around 32% of the US population has or ever had tinnitus, which are nearly 50 million people. Putting it more simply; the presence of tinnitus is approximately in one in ten adults. Let us have a look at how the rate of tinnitus has increased over the years and what can be the possible prevention and treatment.

The Patterns of Growing Tinnitus Rates

Several studies involving analysis of healthcare settings have helped in knowing the growing pattern of tinnitus. Overall the adults between the ages of 30-60 are more likely to get tinnitus. The leading cause is exposure to too much noise.

People with regular noise exposure are 20% more at risk of tinnitus than those who do not have much noise exposure at work. The duration of work in noise exposure areas is also a very important factor in this regard. People with work experience in noisy areas over ten years have 25% chances of tinnitus, whereas people with 0-2 years of work duration have a 13% prevalence of tinnitus.

One of the studies explains that men have 52% more chances of getting tinnitus than women.

Another factor was the exposure of loud recreational noise. Adults with exposure to loud recreational noise at least a month had prevalence of 23% whereas those without the exposure had 7% of chances of getting tinnitus.

Why Is There an Increase in the Rate of Tinnitus?

Tinnitus mainly occurs due to cochlear damage. As we use modern machines and technologies, we make the world a noisier place to live in.  The increase in the number of automobiles and vehicles has made the roads and streets noisy. You may feel unaffected with the traffic noise because you have developed a habit listening to it all the time. However, you might not have a clear idea of how noise is slowly degenerating the parts of your ears.

You are more likely to damage our cochlea even if you avoid noisy places but have earphones in your ears all the time.

Another reason for tinnitus is the auditory and respiratory-related disease. With the misuse of antibiotics, we have helped bacteria to develop resistance and pathogenicity. Thus, the prevalence and spread of respiratory infections are at the highest point than they ever were in history. The blockage of respiratory passage and ear canals caused due to infections is an underlying cause of tinnitus.

Certain antibiotics, antidepressants, anti-inflammatory, and quinine medications have tinnitus as a possible side effect.

Prevention

It is necessary to minimize the noise exposures as much as you can, to protect yourself from ear-related problems like Tinnitus.  If your workplace has too much noise exposure, you should take all the necessary precautions you can to minimize the noise and protect your ears. Use good quality ear protection and get an examination of your ears regularly.

Treatment

If you or your loved one already experience tinnitus then contact us at 646-213-2321 to book a consultation. Treat your tinnitus with best of our cognitive therapies before it gets too late. Stephen Geller Katz LCSW offers Tinnitus Cognitive Therapy sessions in his NYC office and online sessions.

Call today for a consultation:
646-213-2321

Is Tinnitus related to other conditions?

Many wonder if tinnitus related to other conditions. Tinnitus is a noise disorder that involves hearing loss and auditory issues. It is result of damage to the ‘cilia’ (hair cells) in our inner ears, which interrupts the normal process of sound interpretation. Usually, this condition stems from exposure to intensely loud and repetitive sound, which has a direct effect on your eardrums. If you listen to heavy metal music or work at a noisy factory then you are more likely to develop tinnitus.

Sometimes the cause of tinnitus is hard to uncover, this may be because it is a result of an underlying health issue or some other conditions. Let us discuss some of the conditions that have a connection with tinnitus.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

There are joints on each side of your jaw, people who suffer from TMJ disorders feel extreme pain in their jaws and muscles that control their jaw movement. They also find it hard to chew or bite food with ease. There may be a grating sensation when they try to chew. Other than that, jaw problems can cause tinnitus to develop.

The sounds that you hear have no external source. They are a result of the damage to the sensory neurons. Generally, tinnitus cases that have underlying disorders are hard to cure. However, individuals who suffer from tinnitus, which arises from TMJ, can get relief through proper treatment.

Dementia

A strong connection exists between hearing loss and dementia. Studies have shown that dementia has a connection with Tinnitus as well. Tinnitus can cause one to develop insomnia and experience trouble sleeping peacefully. Sufferers would often seek loneliness to escape the sounds that trigger their condition. They can also lose their concentration and focus.

The human brain has a very important concentration and memory function, which can stop working properly in the case of tinnitus. Tinnitus with its ringing feature, along with isolation being a major factor can lead towards developing dementia in older people. Early diagnosis of tinnitus and dementia means faster treatment. Specialists will recommend you to take hearing tests and use hearing aids.

Migraine

Tinnitus often leads to the development of headache disorders, one of which is ‘migraine.’ Patients complain that tinnitus drives them crazy because it enhances migraine attack episodes that are simply unbearable. Therapy and hearing aids help reduce symptoms.

Pulsatile Tinnitus

This type of tinnitus is severe and requires immediate medical attention because it may mean that there is a problem with your heart and circulatory system. Sufferers sense a triggering sound with every heart beat. It is also a sign of tumor or vessel problems. In such a case it is very important to keep a check on your blood pressure and visit your doctor for help regarding it.

Miniere’s Disease

This disease is a vestibular hearing disorder that occurs in the inner ear, affecting your hearing and balance. It has a connection with both vertigo and tinnitus. Along with congestion in the ears, patients of Miniere’s disease, experience ringing and attacks of severe dizziness. There is pain and pressure in the affected ear, as well as constant roaring or ringing.

Bottom-Line

There may be a variety of conditions that have a direct or indirection connection with Tinnitus. It is vital to visit a specialist who will look at your medical history and then recommend suitable treatment options. Schedule your appointment today with Stephen Katz, the best Tinnitus specialist in NYC to find out about the most effective treatment options.

Types of Tinnitus

categories-of-tinnitus-information-specialist-02There are multiple different types of tinnitus. The Tinnitus Cognitive Center can help you discern a course of action for whichever form of tinnitus you are suffering.

Are there different types of tinnitus?

Tinnitus comes in different forms. Some of these types are related to how the body affects your symptoms.

Pulsatile tinnitus is related to the circulation of blood through the body. Checking your pulse against the noise you are experiencing can verify this form of the condition.

Somatic tinnitus occurs when the sensory system influences or increases your symptoms. The root cause of this type is neck muscle spasms. It can be alleviated through correct posture and lifestyle changes such as sleeping in a better position.

Tinnitus may be mistaken for other Menieres disease as well. Dizziness and vertigo are related to Menieres but is not tinnitus.

This form is linked to phantom noises and even a painful ringing sound.

What categories of tinnitus exist?

types-of-tinnitus-01Two categories exist. These are subjective and objective.

Subjective tinnitus is most common and occurs in one or both ears.  In this form, others do not hear your phantom noises.

Objective tinnitus is rare and is closely related to pulsatile tinnitus. It occurs when people other than yourself can hear the perceived noise. Proper diet and exercise help mitigate objective tinnitus.

What causes tinnitus?

A variety of environmental, congenital, medical or other factors cause tinnitus. Head and neck injuries, medicine, inner ear damage, and loud noises are known to produce the condition.

Environmental factors are the most significant cause of tinnitus. Individuals working with machinery or in concert settings should always wear ear protection. Hearing loss is often associated with these settings as well.

The condition produces effects which worsen if left unchecked. Anxiety often results from the flight or fight response related to the associated phantom noises of subjective tinnitus. This reaction heightens stress, leads to issues such as lack of sleep and clinical depression, and in turn worsens symptoms.

Can I prevent tinnitus?

Mitigation is achievable through proper diet, exercise, and a reduction in stress levels. Removing loud noises from your environment can help as well.

Lifestyle changes are particularly useful for pulsatile tinnitus. High blood pressure, injury, and heart disease are causes of this condition.

In some cases, tinnitus is inevitable. Medicines, hearing loss, and congenital diseases are often unavoidable.

How are the different types of Tinnitus treated?

causes-of-tinnitus-specialist-nyc-03Tinnitus is uncurable. However, the symptoms are mitigable.

Treatments range from prescription drugs to cognitive retraining therapy. They work for most types of tinnitus.

Cognitive retraining therapy such as the Tinnitus Cognitive Retraining Therapy offered at our office work well. These therapies replace negative thoughts and reactions with a more positive response. Audio and behavioral therapy aims to make you more comfortable in dealing with your symptoms.

Unlike drugs, cognitive treatments do not have side effects. Dizziness, nausea, and addiction can occur when taking medicine. However, recent advances in understanding the ear may allow scientists to develop better drugs.

Alternative medicines are not proven to work. There is no correlation between the management of symptoms and treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, and dietary supplements.

The Tinnitus Cognitive Center offers a groundbreaking treatment for the condition. Contact Steven Geller Katz LCSW today to schedule an appointment.

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What Do Tinnitus Sufferers Have in Common

 Tinnitus sufferersIt is clear that tinnitus is the perception of sound and sufferer may hear varying degree of noises in the ear by different types of exposure. Some people may develop tinnitus by external exposure while others develop due to an underlying disorder, but there is no specific agenda behind this mystery. Whatever the reason you may discover after diagnosis, the fact remains the same that you are suffering from troubleshooting of tinnitus. There are many leading causes of tinnitus that why it is difficult to examine theroot cause of tinnitus.

Common Elemental Problems Associated With Tinnitus

Besides the perception of sound this condition put some common effects on sufferers. Studies have found that tinnitus sufferers are more vulnerable to sleeping disorders, anxiety, depression, stress, and hypersensitivity. But it is still unclear that tinnitus creates these disorders, or these underlying conditions contribute to tinnitus occurrence.
Tinnitus is something that just not creates physical disorder, but it is also considered to affect the people at an emotional level. However, you can still overcome your disorder by self-analyzing your symptoms via comparing it with another sufferer to gain better options for management therapy.

Here are some common disorders that every sufferer might face during tinnitus:

Insomnia And Tinnitus

 Tinnitus sufferersMost sufferers of tinnitus have found difficulty in sleeping due to resuming and pausing sounds. It is found that people who are suffering from insomnia also receive the same ringing sensation just as the tinnitus victim experience. The prescribed sleeping pills during tinnitus also responsible for the creation of sleep disturbance as it alters your normal sleeping pattern. To avoid these chronic problems you have to involve remedial measure in your life to get proper relief.

Tinnitus And Hypersensitivity

There are different structural functions of the ear that works as a barrier against external noises. But excessive exposure leads to create unbearable tinnitus along other rare conditions. Most sufferer of tinnitus hears high-intensity noises during tinnitus episodes which are not present in the surrounding. This hypertensive process leads to creating intensifying auditory response in some people, and that is the reason people hear internal noises in the ear even the beats of heart and blood flow rate.

Depression And Tinnitus

 Tinnitus sufferersCongestive issues are also responsible for troubleshooting tinnitus such as anxiety and depression. In most of the cases is it seen that tinnitus create hopelessness due to frequent exposure to sounds. A recent report stated 40 to 70% of tinnitus patients with depression and other disruptive behavioral disorders.

Self Examination Of Tinnitus

Once you recognize the point source of your tinnitus condition, you can develop an easy and effective method to live even in compelling condition.

Bottom Line

Apart from seeing an audiologist, you can also learn to cope up with this condition even you experience this in your whole life!! You can also alleviate annoying sensation by avoiding unhealthy nuisance exposure as this exposure not only retard your cognitive abilities but can also leave you with hearing disability for your whole life. Moreover, be a self observer to point out tinnitus symptoms.

Tinnitus: Is There a Cure?

Tinnitus: Is There a Cure?Tinnitus is a condition that is mainly characterized by hearing ringing, buzzing, humming or hissing sounds in the ear that are not coming from the external environment. Although there is not usually a quick fix for tinnitus, unless it is caused by an easily treatable condition such as a middle ear infection or build-up of earwax, it will usually improve gradually over time. There are a number of treatments for tinnitus available which can help you cope with this condition and better manage the symptoms.

Treating Underlying Conditions:

Firstly, if you are suffering with tinnitus, the best thing to do is speak to your doctor and have them examine your ears to determine whether the condition has been caused by an easily treatable condition. In many cases, tinnitus is a symptom of minor ear issues, such as a perforated ear drum, an infection in the middle ear, or simply a build-up of too much ear wax. If your tinnitus is caused by any one of these conditions, they will usually be easy for your doctor to treat quickly with the appropriate methods, such as a course of antibiotics or earwax draining.

Correcting Hearing Loss:

Tinnitus: Is There a Cure?If you have tinnitus which is mainly caused by age-related hearing loss or otherwise, then dealing with the hearing loss should be the first step to solving the problem. Correcting even minor hearing loss issues can often mean that the parts of your brain which are involved in hearing will no longer need to work as hard when it comes to interpreting sounds; therefore, your brain will not pay as much attention to the tinnitus. The best course of action is to see a hearing specialist who will be able to recommend a suitable course of treatment, such as having a hearing aid fitted or in some cases, surgery.

Counseling and Therapy:

Tinnitus: Is There a Cure?As a continuous condition, tinnitus can often be very disruptive to the life of the patient. Many patients with tinnitus report a lack of focus and concentration due to the sounds that they hear, along with trouble sleeping and in some cases, mental health issues such as depression. Tinnitus counseling can be very useful by helping you to work together with your therapist to understand the condition and find healthy ways of managing and coping with it each day.

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What is Tinnitus?

What is TinnitusTinnitus is the term used to describe hearing sounds from inside your body, rather than from an external source. In most cases, tinnitus is characterized as a ringing sound inside the ears, although patients with this condition often report hearing several different sounds, including buzzing, grinding, hissing, whistling, and humming sounds. Some patients can hear sounds which are similar to music, whilst others report hearing noises that tend to beat in time with their pulse, which is known as pulsatile tinnitus. Patients with tinnitus may also notice some hearing loss and extra sensitivity to everyday sounds.

Is Tinnitus Serious?

If you are suffering with tinnitus, then the first thing that you’ll want to know is whether it is a serious condition. Thankfully, tinnitus is rarely a sign of a very serious underlying condition, and the symptoms will tend to go away after a short time for many. However, tinnitus

What is Tinnitus

can sometimes present itself as a continuous condition, which is when it can begin to have a significant impact on the patient’s everyday life. Severe cases of tinnitus can cause a lot of distress, have a huge impact on ability to focus and concentrate, and can lead to difficulty sleeping or depression.

When to See a Doctor:

If you are hearing continuous sounds in one or both ears that shouldn’t be there, then the best advice is to see your doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor will then be able to examine your ears to determine whether the problem is caused by an easily treatable condition such as an ear infection or perforated eardrum. They will also be able to carry out simple checks to detect any loss of hearing.

What Causes Tinnitus?

What is TinnitusThere is no known exact cause for tinnitus, however, the condition can develop either gradually over time, or come on suddenly. It often happens with some degree of hearing loss, although some patients with this condition do not report any damage to their hearing. Tinnitus is most often associated with age-related hearing loss, infections in the ear, inner ear damage caused by prolonged exposure to loud noises, build-up of earwax in the ear, or Meniere’s Disease, a condition which causes other symptoms such as vertigo and hearing loss. In some cases, there is no obvious reason for tinnitus to develop.

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