Professional, Tinnitus Management in Austin



Dr. Margaret Hutchison, Ph.D.

Dr. Margaret Hutchison is professionally Certified in Tinnitus Management by the American Academy of Audiology


Member American Tinnitus Association


International Specialist Training in Tinnitus, at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK


Board Certified in Audiology

Tinnitus

Tinnitus

 

Modify your reaction to your tinnitus by treating the cause 


50 million people in the U.S. experience some form of tinnitus, according to the American Tinnitus Association.

Tinnitus is a perceived sound that is not being made externally. Margaret Hutchison, PhD  audiologist, at Austin Hearing Services says some people hear a ringing noise, but others hear buzzing, hissing, roaring, whistling or clicking. Dr Hutchison says there are some things known to trigger or worsen tinnitus. 

Some of these are:

  • Noise exposure – Power tools, weapons, music
  • Many medications are known to trigger
  • Wax build up in your ears
  • Tumors 
  • Cardiovascular events
  • Head and neck trauma 
  • Eustachian tube not working correctly


Tinnitus does not cause hearing loss – rather, it can be a symptom. 


Diagnosing tinnitus

If you think you have tinnitus, consider seeing a Dr Hutchison to have the condition evaluated, diagnosed and treated.

If tinnitus is bilateral (in both ears) and has a sudden onset, you should still see a doctor just to rule out anything serious.  

Unilateral tinnitus (on one side) is more of a red flag, but I would still recommend anyone who develops tinnitus, whether it is unilateral or bilateral, to see a doctor about it.


Managing tinnitus


There is no cure for tinnitus, but the condition can be managed. The key is teaching your brain to ignore the sound and possibly treating with hearing aids

“What people will recommend a lot of times is to mask out the tinnitus to where you can’t hear it anymore. You don’t necessarily want to drown it out completely. If you drown it out completely, your brain cannot habituate to it. Usually we recommend that you turn on the noise to where you just barely hear the tinnitus.”

Here are some things that can help lesson your awareness of tinnitus:


Tips for managing tinnitus

  1. Increase background noise.
    Mute the sound a little with a fan, music or other white noise, but not completely.
  2. Relax.Reduce stress, which can aggravate tinnitus.
  3. Avoid smoking, caffeine and alcohol.
  4. Get a proper amount of sleep.
  5. Avoid salt if it seems to trigger it.
  6. Use hearing instruments (if you have hearing loss) to mask out the sound.
  7. Preserve your hearing
    a.Protect your ears from further damage by avoiding loud noise or using earplugs

Don't forget, an evaluation will always help! 


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