Tinnitus Specialist

Blackhawk TMS -  - Mental Health Clinic

Blackhawk TMS

Mental Health Clinic & Psychiatrists located in Danville, CA & Napa, CA

Having a constant noise in your head or ringing in your ears is known as tinnitus, and although it’s not usually a serious health problem, it can drive you to distraction. At Blackhawk TMS, the highly qualified team of medical experts offers an alternative therapy for patients in the Danville and Napa areas of California who are finding it hard to live with tinnitus. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive treatment that offers genuine hope of reducing or relieving tinnitus, so call Blackhawk TMS today, or book an appointment online.

Tinnitus Q & A

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus makes you feel like you can hear ringing in your ears or constant noise when there’s no external source. Tinnitus noise can sound like:

  • Buzzing
  • Clicking
  • Hissing
  • Humming
  • Roaring

Tinnitus isn’t a disease, but a symptom of an underlying health problem. It’s quite common and not usually indicative of a serious medical condition. However, tinnitus can disrupt your life and cause considerable distress when you have a constant and often unpleasant noise in your head.

What causes tinnitus?

Tinnitus is often caused by damage to cells in the tiny hairs of the inner ear. These hairs move in response to pressure from sound waves, which causes the cells to send signals to your brain via the auditory nerve. If any of these hairs are damaged, it can generate random signals that make you believe you hear sounds.

Other causes of tinnitus include:

  • Chronic health conditions
  • Injuries affecting the nerves in the ear
  • Injuries affecting the brain’s hearing center
  • Earwax blockage
  • Otosclerosis (changes to bones in the middle ear)
  • Exposure to loud music or noisy working conditions
  • Vascular conditions affecting blood vessels in the ear

Most people find their hearing worsens as they get older, especially if they’ve been exposed to high levels of noise during their life. Age-related hearing loss, or presbycusis, can also cause tinnitus.

What treatments are available for tinnitus?

As tinnitus is a symptom, it’s essential that you get an accurate diagnosis of what’s causing the problem. Once you know the cause, you can receive treatment that should relieve or reduce the tinnitus, for example removing earwax that’s become impacted or treating a vascular condition.

In some cases, there may not be a cause for your tinnitus, or even if the cause is known, there’s little that can be done to cure it. Treatments that aim to reduce the sound and make it less intrusive include:

  • White noise machines
  • Using fans, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, or air conditioners at night
  • Hearing aids
  • Masking devices
  • Tinnitus retraining devices
  • Counseling

Medications such as tricyclic antidepressants and alprazolam can sometimes help but do have the drawback of causing side effects.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a safe, effective form of therapy for tinnitus that’s entirely painless and noninvasive. It’s not widely used as yet in the United States, but you can take advantage of being able to access this treatment at Blackhawk TMS. Call the clinic now to find out more, or book an appointment online.