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What Is Tinnitus?

tinnitus wavesTinnitus (pronounced TIN-ih-tus) is when you hear sounds which originate in your head and not out in the world. The most common sounds are ringing, humming and buzzing. The sound may always be there, or it may come and go. It can be in both ears or just in one ear.

One in 10 U.S. adults suffers from tinnitus – and most people are told that nothing can be done, and they’re never offered a treatment solution. But there is help available. Our team of audiologists and tinnitus doctors uses customized sound therapy to treat your symptoms and relieve your discomfort. We’ve helped hundreds of patients with their tinnitus and we’d love to help you, too.

People with tinnitus often have some hearing loss, and sometimes also suffer from loudness hyperacusis - when moderately loud sounds are perceived as being very loud. Tinnitus can become serious enough to impact your everyday life, so it's important to have it evaluated by an audiologist or physician as soon as you notice it.


Common Causes of Tinnitus

The most common known causes of tinnitus are:

  • Loud noises (machines, loud music or shooting guns)
  • A head injury
  • Stress
  • A side-effect from some medications
  • A natural part of aging


How Could It Affect You?

Different people will experience different effects from tinnitus. Some of the most common effects are:

  • Hearing - for some people, the sound of tinnitus is loud enough or distracting enough that it affects how they hear speech or other sounds around them
  • Concentration – some people with tinnitus find that it interferes with their ability to concentrate on other things like reading or following a conversation
  • Sleeping – many people with tinnitus find that it prevents them from falling asleep at night, or from going back to sleep if they wake up in the middle of the night
  • Thoughts and Emotions – some people with tinnitus have a hard time focusing on other things, and this leaves them feeling annoyed, depressed, anxious or angry about their condition


Treatment For Tinnitus

When tinnitus is caused by a medication, stopping or changing the medication can eliminate tinnitus in those cases. But for most people who suffer from tinnitus, there isn't a cure to eliminate it from their lives. However, there are several treatment options available to help people adjust to their tinnitus:

  • Sound Therapy - Background noise has been shown to diminish the prominence and loudness of tinnitus in many people. Some wearable devices can be worn with or without hearing aids to mask the sound of the tinnitus. Non-wearable devices are very popular also – they include fans, music and noise machines with sounds like waves or raindrops.

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  • Counseling – Counseling can help people manage the side-effects of tinnitus, including its impact on concentration, sleep, thoughts and emotions. Tinnitus Activities Treatment is a type of individualized counseling focused on each of these areas.
  • Self-Help Books - People who have tinnitus have said that they found these books to be quite helpful:
    • Living With Tinnitus, by P Davis
    • Living With Tinnitus: Dealing With The Ringing In Your Ears by RS Hallam
    • Tinnitus: A self-management guide for the ringing in your ears, by JL Henry JL and PH Wilson
    • The Consumer Handbook on Tinnitus, by RS Tyler


Hearing Aids For Tinnitus

Most people who suffer from tinnitus also have some hearing loss. Using hearing aids doesn't just improve overall hearing, including speech and other environmental sounds, but hearing aids reduce the strain to hear speech, and this can reduce the stress that people with tinnitus feel from straining to hear over the ringing or buzzing in their ears. Also, hearing aids amplify background sounds, which can partially mask the tinnitus.

The Better Hearing Institute recently completed a study where they found that:

  • 28% of people who used hearing aids reported a moderate to substantial reduction in their tinnitus when they used their hearing aids.
  • 66% of people who wore hearing aids said that it alleviated their tinnitus most of the time, and 30% of people said that hearing aids alleviated their tinnitus all of the time.
  • The more comprehensive the hearing aid fitting protocol that was used, the more relief the patients had from their tinnitus.

Tinnitus can be a stressful condition for many people. But there are a lot of new developments in the treatment and management of tinnitus. Talk to your audiologist or tinnitus doctor about what approach would work best for you, to help you enjoy hearing again.

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Dr Anzola is outstanding. Dr Anzola has provided me with hearing aids that have improved my hearing dramatically. She does an outstanding job of adjusting them each time I see her. Her staff will always fit me in if I need some help. My hearing aids have made such an improvement in the quality of my life. I am most grateful to Dr Anzola.

- Linda B., Annandale, VA

Great Service with Outstanding Results. Lost my previous hearing aids so went to Dr Ana Anzola for help in getting new ones. Thanks to her I have new hearing aids which are extraordinarily better than anything I had before. She takes time to analyze your hearing loss and then creates the best solution tailored to your needs. I woukld recommend her to anyone who suffers from hearing loss problems.

- Thomas A., Mc Lean, VA

A five-star experience! I am a first-time hearing-aid user. I did not know what to expect but Dr. Anzola immediately put me at ease, explained the process and educated me on available options. I have been impressed with the follow-up services. The doctors and staff are friendly, efficient and professional. I have recommended Ascent to others.

- Kathleen S., Herndon, VA

A+++++ (that's 5) for service, professionalism, expertise, etc. I went to the office not really knowing what to expect. Marci Smith was the Audiologist and she is very personable and professional. I am almost please enough to travel to Rockville, her normal office. Everything about the people and office are really the best.

- Richard L., Falls Church, VA

All 5 stars! I purchased my Starkey hearing aids in Naples Florida where we spend part of the year. Audiology Associates located in Naples found Ascent in a directory. With the office close to where we live, I have come in twice to purchase supplies. Service was professional, courteous, and prompt. I will be back for continued purchases as well as service on my hearing aids if necessary.

- Richard S., Oakton, VA

Service is very good and quick. After service my hearing aid is in good condition. I satisfy. Thanks.

- Thuy D., Rockville, MD

Excelent practice. Dr Anzola is an excellent professional. I'm very happy with her professional practice and office. Before I went there, I visited many doctors and they never solved my problem. With Dr. Anzola my experience has been very good.

- Ana B., Bethesda, MD

Excellent! Highly recommend. I accompanied my mother for her initial exam and again when she received the hearing aids. I was very impressed with the amount of time spent and the attention to detail. My mother is not an easy customer and for her to be impressed also says volumes. Dr. Anzola listened well and carefully and responded to all questions and concerns. I was invited to sit in as the aids were prepared and how to use and care for them was explained. She took A LOT of time going over everything, answering questions, and explaining everything in detail. We never felt hurried or rushed. Our appointment was on a Friday late afternoon. What totally amazed us was on Saturday morning my mother got a call from Dr. Anzola. She wanted to see how my mother did after the appointment and in the morning. She asked my mother if she had any questions or concerns. A follow up from the doctor WITHOUT a call from us, was a pleasant surprise. I would highly recommend her.

- Dale L., Alexandria, VA

Dr. Anzola is very attentive, listens very carefully to what ou have to say, will answer all guestions and will change whatever that can be changed to accommidate your wishes. If you have a problem Dr. Anzola will squeeze you in as soon as possible.

- Mary M., Falls Church, VA

Overall - Excellent. Office is officially run and staff (Christine) always accommodating. Appointments are timely, so next to no waiting time. Very friendly but efficient and professional environment. Small waiting room but comfortable setting. Earing devices and testing process seem to meet excellent standards...Doctor Anzola appears very technically knowledgeable and competent.

- Linda G., Fairfax, VA

I Can Hear!!! Dr. Anzola and her staff have been unbelievably fabulous with me. They worked with me to make sure that I got the help I needed and got the comfort that I wanted. They've been there every time I've needed advice or help. And yes, I've already been recommending them to friends. Think you can't hear? Go get help - After 10 years, I'm hearing the birds again... I had no idea how much I'd lost and I'm so happy to have it back again!

- Sheldon C., Arlington, VA

They have gone out of their way to help me hear better. Many times I have called or gone to their office to correct a problem or answer a question.

– Lynda R., McLean, VA

Excellent service! Dr. Anzola is totally professional, helpful and experienced - it is a pleasure to use her services.

- Jane F., Mclean, VA

Dr. Anzola taught me how to use my hearing aid. Improving your hearing is more than purchasing an aid. I am very pleased with my choice to get assistance from Ascent Audiology for my hearing needs. Dr. Anzola is a teacher as well as a doctor. I highly recommend her practice.

- Carol B., Falls Church, VA

Great service, good listeners! My hearing aids are very comfortable. I've been wearing them now since Jan. 2013. Dr. Anzola is responsive to my questions and gives great customer service! Christina is so helpful and her calls to remind me of my next appointment are much appreciated. Thank you Dr. Anzola and staff.

- Craig R., Arlington, VA

Caring, professional audiologist Dr. Anzula guided me through the difficult transition of adjusting to wearing hearing aids. She made sure I had devices to fit mt needs and took the time and care to make sure I was satisfied.

- Rhett D., Mc Lean, VA

Outstanding in all areas. Dr. Anzola and her staff are well-trained professionals who are dedicated to providing a high level of service to their patients.She is not satisfied until her patient is completely satisfied.I am very pleased with the product and my relationship with Dr. Anzola and her staff

- David S., Fairfax, VA


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