Tinnitus Specialist

Bhama 'Bee' Pathak, MA, CCC-A, FAAA -  - Audiologist

Professional Hearing Aid Service

Bhama 'Bee' Pathak, MA, CCC-A, FAAA

Audiologist located in Reston, VA

The audiologist at Professional Hearing Aid Service in Reston, Virginia, uses the latest technology and hearing aids to help evaluate and treat those who experience the symptoms associated with tinnitus. If you suffer from a constant ringing, roaring, clicking, or hissing sound in your ears, call or make an appointment online today.

Tinnitus Q & A

 

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus isn't a standalone condition; it's a symptom of another underlying ailment. The minor health issues associated with tinnitus include:

  • Age-related hearing loss
  • Ear injuries
  • Benign circulatory system disorders
  • Exposure to certain medications including aspirin
  • Allergies
  • Jaw issues

Tinnitus is often bothersome and worsens with age, making the hearing, working, and sleeping difficult without treatment.

 

How is tinnitus treated?

When you see Bhama Pathak for tinnitus, she performs an evaluation that includes a review of your medical history and audiometric testing to help her determine the most likely causes and best treatment for your tinnitus.

Bhama Pathak offers several treatments, including:

Hearing aids

Most people who suffer from tinnitus have some degree of hearing loss. Hearing aids help enhance your ability to hear and cover up the symptoms.

Maskers

Similar in looks to hearing aids, tinnitus maskers are small electronic devices that generate sound to cover up your tinnitus. However, maskers don’t enhance your hearing. Many tinnitus sufferers use fans and radios to help with sleep-related issues.

Medicine and counseling

Tinnitus often triggers anxiety and makes the symptoms worse. Medications and counseling help relieve both issues. *Medication has to be prescribed by a physician.

Neuromonics tinnitus therapy

Neuromonics Tinnitus Therapy, which uses a combination of testing, counseling, and specialized masking to help you to effectively manage and gradually reduce your response to the tinnitus, has the highest success rate of all treatment options. However, Neuromonics Tinnitus Therapy takes at least six months to complete.

Relaxation

Relaxation helps relieve the frustration associated with the noise of tinnitus and stress makes it worse. Relaxation enables you to rest and better deal with the sound.

 

How is tinnitus prevented?

Although tinnitus often can't be prevented, certain precautions help prevent some kinds of tinnitus. These include using hearing protection when using loud machinery or firearms and at concerts and turning down the volume when listening to music.

It’s also essential that you take care of your cardiovascular health. Regular exercise and eating right help keep your blood vessels healthy and prevent tinnitus linked to blood vessel disorders.

If the symptoms of tinnitus bother you, call or make an appointment online today with Bhama Pathak, audiologist, at Professional Hearing Aid Service in Reston, Virginia, for relief.