Tinnitus is a symptom that occurs due to some underlying condition. It usually manifests as a ringing sound in the ears or head. Below are some of the most common questions about tinnitus
Are there medications for tinnitus?
Almost all of the "surefire" remedies for tinnitus found on the internet are based on junk science, case studies, or no real evidence at all. But there are some things you can try that might help lessen symptoms, including: limiting exposure to loud noises, lowering your blood pressure, ingesting less salt, and limiting exposure to alcohol.
Can tinnitus be cured?
Current research by neurologists suggests that altering certain areas of the brain that respond to sound - or a lack thereof - may provide relief. Experiments to regrow broken hair cells have also been performed. Regrowth of hair cells means that hearing is restored, which prevents the brain from attempting to fill the void left by a lack of hair cells, ultimately resulting in tinnitus. Both theories are likely years away from clinical trials, which means that no cure is on the immediate horizon.
Can tinnitus be directly measured?
Rarely. There is a form of tinnitus referred to as "objective tinnitus" that your doctor can hear. This is typically the result of a blood vessel problem, an inner-ear bone condition, or muscle contractions.
Does tinnitus cause hearing loss?
No. Tinnitus is a symptom of any number of conditions, including hearing loss.
What makes tinnitus worse?
In our daily lives, sounds around us typically mask tinnitus to some degree. At night, when things are quiet, there is less noise and fewer mental distractions. If your tinnitus is stress-related, it's also possible that the cumulative stress of your day has made your symptoms worse.
HEARING AID FINANCING FAQs
You may not have to pay for hearing aids all on your own. Below is some insight into how Medicare and Medicaid can help.
Will Medicare pay for hearing care needs?
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) will cover the diagnostic hearing and balance exams only if your primary care physician orders these tests based on symptoms, conditions, or complaints that would require medical treatment. Medicare does not currently cover regular hearing exams or treatment, including hearing aids or exams for fitting hearing aids
Will Medicaid pay for my hearing care needs?
States must provide benefits to adults and children under the age of 21. This includes appropriate screenings, diagnostics, and medically necessary treatments-including hearing aids, hearing aid accessories, and related services. Coverage beyond the age of 21 is based on state regulations. Patients are encouraged to pursue information regarding their state's coverage, which can be found on their state's website.