Donate to Tinnitus Research, Patient Care and Education

One in five individuals in the United States is affected by tinnitus, a condition that causes a perceived sound of ringing, whistling, buzzing, crackling, chirping or other incessant noise in ears of the sufferer. For more than 20 million people, this condition is a significant distraction that disrupts concentration, but for more than two million people, it is a debilitating concern that indicates a larger medical complication. When you make a contribution to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help Northwestern Medicine further advance efforts to determine the underlying cause of tinnitus.

Tinnitus may be cased by wax build-up, severe allergies or certain medications–but more serious cases are sometimes the result of tumors, thyroid issues, diabetes or blood pressure issues. Those who are exposed to constant loud sounds at work (musicians, construction workers and military personnel, for example), as well as those who have age or noise related hearing loss are particularly affected. In fact, over 90 percent of all patients who suffer from tinnitus have some form of hearing loss. Determining the cause of tinnitus is imperative in helping to alleviate it. With your support, physicians at Northwestern Medicine will be able to continue to provide timely and accurate diagnoses, as well as highly effective care, to people affected by tinnitus.

Tinnitus Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

While there is no specific cure for tinnitus, there are a number of treatments that address the underlying causes of the condition. By making a contribution to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will provide essential support to Northwestern Medicine’s multidisciplinary team of otolaryngologists, audiologists, surgeons, psychologists, social workers, physical therapists and speech pathologists as we work together to create an individualized treatment plan for each patient with tinnitus. Some of the treatments prescribed for a patient may include:

  • Hearing aids: May help individuals with tinnitus who have hearing loss. Using a hearing aid may amplify some sounds, thus allowing a patient to hear over his or her tinnitus.
  • Cochlear implants: May help those who have tinnitus in addition to severe hearing loss.
  • Maskers: Small electronic devices that may help some patients with tinnitus by creating a sound that may make the ringing or roaring seem softer.
  • Medicines: Certain medications may ease tinnitus by addressing problems linked to the condition.
  • Tinnitus retraining therapy: Uses a combination of counseling and maskers. An ear, nose and throat physician (otolaryngologist) or a hearing specialist (audiologist) can help patients learn to manage tinnitus.
  • Counseling
  • Relaxation: To reduce stress and anxiety, both of which can cause tinnitus to become worse

With your financial support, Northwestern Medicine will continue to expand programs and services to help make tinnitus a far more manageable condition. You can make a difference in the lives of many people.

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