The Associated Audiologists team features professionals who have advanced training and experience in treating patients with severe tinnitus. Susan E. Smittkamp, Au.D., Ph.D., FAAA sees patients with this condition in our Shawnee Mission clinic.
Tinnitus is defined as the perception of sound when no external sound source is present. This sound can take on any number of characteristics and is usually a sound that only you can hear. Tinnitus varies from soft to loud and from low-pitched to high. Many patients describe their tinnitus in a number of ways, including a buzzing, ringing, white noise, and/or roaring sound. Although these descriptions are typical, there are no specific rules about how tinnitus is perceived. Each person’s experience can be different.
According to the American Tinnitus Association, tinnitus affects approximately 50 million Americans and is a commonly referred ear problem. Of these 50 million people, 16 million have symptoms severe enough that they seek medical attention, and 2 million cannot function “normally” on a day-to-day basis. Tinnitus is a common condition and you are definitely not alone.