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Tinnitus

TMS & Neurocare & Psychiatric Services located in Chicago, Crystal Lake, Hinsdale, Wheaton and Skokie, IL

Tinnitus

About Tinnitus

Up to 25 million Americans have some form of tinnitus, a condition that causes persistent ringing in the ears. At Mindful TMS Neurocare Centers in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, Crystal Lake, Hinsdale, and Wheaton, Illinois, the board-certified psychiatrists and TMS specialists use transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy to reduce symptoms and help patients feel their best. Call Mindful TMS Neurocare Centers to schedule treatment for tinnitus, or book your appointment online today.

Tinnitus Q & A

Is the ringing in my ears tinnitus?

It’s likely. Tinnitus refers to ringing or other sounds that occur in one or both of your ears. These noises aren’t caused by things in the environment, and other people can’t hear them. Anyone can experience tinnitus, but it’s particularly common in people 65 and older. Often, it indicates hearing loss or an underlying medical issue.

What are the symptoms of tinnitus?

Tinnitus symptoms include:

  • Buzzing
  • Humming
  • Clicking
  • Ringing
  • Roaring

These sounds vary in pitch and intensity. For example, you might hear a faint ringing at times and a loud roar at others. Some people with tinnitus experience constant symptoms, but for others, the sounds come and go. 

When should I seek treatment for tinnitus?

Seek treatment for tinnitus if you experience unexplained sounds in one or both ears and they interfere with your quality of life. That’s particularly true if your symptoms affect your mood or outlook and cause you to feel stressed out, anxious, or depressed. Tinnitus can also keep you from sleeping soundly or interfere with your school or work. Mindful TMS Neurocare Centers can help.

How is tinnitus diagnosed?

You need to visit your primary care physician or a specialist to receive a tinnitus diagnosis. During your appointment, they may complete a hearing exam, order lab tests, and check your eyes, ears, and jaws. Your doctor can refer you to Mindful TMS Neurocare Centers if they confirm that you have tinnitus, and TMS therapy may be helpful.

Can TMS therapy get rid of tinnitus?

The Mindful TMS Neurocare Centers team regularly uses TMS therapy to address tinnitus.

During treatment, an electromagnetic coil is placed directly over your auditory cortex –– the part of your brain responsible for hearing. The coil emits targeted magnetic fields that activate the nerves and tissue inside the auditory cortex. Targeting this area minimizes the intensity and frequency of the sounds inside your ears, which may provide lasting relief from tinnitus.

Because tinnitus is a complex condition, you might benefit from other treatments as well. For example, your provider might suggest tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), or medication to relieve anxiety or depression.

How many TMS tinnitus treatments will I need?

The number of TMS tinnitus treatments you need depends on several things, including the underlying cause and the severity of your symptoms. The Mindful TMS Neurocare Centers team usually recommends a series of 5-10 TMS sessions over the course of a few weeks. 

Call Mindful TMS Neurocare Centers to explore the treatments for tinnitus, or book your appointment online today.

*Individual results may vary.