Tinnitus Specialist

Beach Cities Hearing Solutions

Audiologists located in Torrance, CA

If you’re bothered by a constant ringing in your ear, you may be suffering from tinnitus. Tinnitus can be debilitating and may affect your emotional health. Jonathan Leiterman, ScD, and the caring providers at Beach Cities Hearing Solutions can identify conditions that may cause these unwelcome sounds and provide relief from the discomfort of tinnitus. If you’re ready for a break from the distress of tinnitus, call the office in Torrance, California, today, or make an appointment online.

Tinnitus Q & A

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a symptom in which you hear sounds in one or both of your ears that don’t come from an external source. Researchers don’t know exactly what causes tinnitus, but it is associated with several health conditions, including:

  • Hearing loss
  • Ménière's disease 
  • Head trauma
  • Anemia
  • High blood pressure
  • Stress
  • Earwax buildup
  • Tumors

Smoking, excess caffeine consumption, stress, and exposure to loud noises may also contribute to tinnitus.

How do I know if I have tinnitus?

If you hear a sound in one or both of your ears that isn’t coming from an outside source, you may have tinnitus. Tinnitus may sound like ringing, buzzing, roaring, hissing, or other type of consistent noise. 

You may not always be aware of your tinnitus if the sound is mild, but some people experience very loud sounds that can drown out other sounds. Tinnitus can be distressing; some people experience anxiety or depression as a result of their tinnitus.

How is tinnitus diagnosed?

To diagnose tinnitus, the compassionate providers at Beach Cities Hearing Solutions perform a comprehensive hearing test, which checks for a range of conditions that may be causing your tinnitus. Your hearing evaluation may include the following tests:

  • Pure-tone testing: determines the quietest tones you can hear 
  • Speech testing: determines the quietest speech you can hear
  • Tympanometry: checks the function of your eardrum
  • Acoustic reflex measures: checks the function of a muscle in your middle ear
  • Otoacoustic emissions test: checks the function of your inner ear
  • Electrocochleography: tests inner ear response to sounds

Following your hearing evaluation, your audiologist discusses the results with you in detail and provides information about your options for treating your tinnitus.

How is tinnitus treated?

Treatment depends on which condition is causing your tinnitus, the severity of your tinnitus, and other individual factors. Some of the options your provider may recommend are:

  • Earwax removal
  • Fluid drainage
  • Hearing aids
  • Ear surgery
  • Corticosteroid therapy
  • Antibiotics

Sometimes, tinnitus occurs without an apparent cause. If you suffer from chronic tinnitus, your audiologist may recommend sound machines, biofeedback, or counseling to help you cope with the challenges of living with tinnitus.

To find relief from tinnitus, call Beach Cities Hearing Solutions today, or make an appointment online.