Tinnitus is the perception of sound, like ringing or humming, within the human ear when no actual sound is present. According to recent studies, statistics show about 15 million people in the U.S. consider their tinnitus to be a significant problem. However tinnitus is not a disease, but a condition that is often the result of a wide range of underlying causes such as medications, or a circulatory system disorder. Tinnitus is prominently associated with hearing loss because the source of tinnitus appears to be the substitution of lost sound information to the brain.
Patients with tinnitus frequently suffer from sleeping problems. To decrease or rid of sleep disruption, doctors suggest taking melatonin, which helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle. It is a hormone secreted by a part of the brain called the pineal gland. Melatonin is commonly taken to help with sleep disruption caused by jet lag, and an analog is available as a prescription for use with patients with insomnia. It can cause tinnitus to be less intrusive and burdensome, creating a restful night of sleep.
The health professionals at the Shea Clinic Ear Nose & Throat and the Shea Hearing Aid Center have the experience, expertise, and tools to help you manage your tinnitus. If you have concerns about tinnitus, or if you would like to discuss options for tinnitus management, we welcome the chance to assist you.