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    Some Facts About 


  • Tinnitus is the perception of sound in one's head or ears when there is no external source of sound

  • Approximately 50 million Americans experience some form of tinnitus

  • Tinnitus can be temporary or permanent and range from non-bothersome to debilitating levels


  • The majority of the population will experience subjective tinnitus - sounds only the patient can hear

  • Subjective tinnitus is usually a result of noise exposure, presbycusis, impacted ear wax, middle and inner ear conditions such as otosclerosis and Meniere's Disease, ototoxic medications, head and neck injuries, TMJ disorders, Eustachian tube dysfunction, muscle spasms in the inner ear, certain growths such as acoustic neuromas, as well as stress, anxiety, and pain

  • Less than 1% of the population will experience objective tinnitus - sounds audible to others and the patient

  • Objective tinnitus is usually due to vascular and musculo-skeletal movement


  • Objective tinnitus must be addressed by the patient's medical physician

  • Tinnitus must also be addressed by the patient's medical physician when it is accompanied by hearing loss and dizziness

  • Tinnitus does not mean the patient has hearing loss

  • Side effects of permanent and bothersome tinnitus may include depression, insomnia, difficulty focusing, and exhaustion

  • Patients should consider avoiding or reducing the following if they find that it aggravates their perception of tinnitus:  caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol consumption, stress, loud noises, as well as silence


  • Although there is no cure for tinnitus, there are various treatments that have proven to be successful so that it becomes less noticeable and more manageable over time

  • Call Dr. Sosa to identify and begin managing your tinnitus so that you can take back control of your life!

   Please seek immediate medical attention if you think your tinnitus condition may cause you to do      harm to yourself.

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