Tinnitus

BrainStim Centers, Inc. -  - TMS Specialist

BrainStim Centers, Inc.

TMS Specialist located in Encino, CA & Valencia, CA

Tinnitus, more commonly known as ringing in the ears, affects 15-20% of adults. If you have tinnitus without an underlying physical cause, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may be the treatment you need. The team at BrainStim Centers, Inc. in Encino and Valencia, California, precisely treat the area of your brain associated with tinnitus and use TMS to relieve your symptoms by restoring nerve function. For expert tinnitus treatment, call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.

Tinnitus Q&A

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus occurs when you hear a sound that doesn’t really exist in your environment. You may hear noises such as:

  • Ringing
  • Rushing
  • Buzzing
  • Clicking
  • Whistling
  • Hissing

The sound you hear may come and go or you may hear it continuously. You could hear it in one or both ears. 

The volume is also different for each person. In some cases, tinnitus is loud enough to interfere with hearing real sounds, disrupt your sleep, or make it hard to concentrate.

What causes tinnitus?

Many patients learn that they don’t have a physical problem that explains the ringing in their ears. For others, tinnitus is the symptom of an underlying problem such as:

  • Inner ear damage
  • Age-related hearing loss
  • Earwax buildup
  • Noise trauma to the ear
  • Auditory nerve problems
  • Pressure on the eardrum
  • Eustachian tube dysfunction

You may also develop tinnitus from taking certain medications. Stress and tinnitus share a two-way connection. Stress may cause tinnitus and having tinnitus frequently leads to stress and anxiety.

How is tinnitus treated?

If your tinnitus causes excessive stress, depression, or anxiety, psychotherapy can help you overcome those negative feelings. However, the first step is to schedule an appointment with an ear, nose, and throat specialist. 

They perform a comprehensive examination to determine if you have an ear or hearing problem. When a problem is identified and treated, your tinnitus usually disappears. 

But what happens when your doctor can’t find an underlying cause? You may consider wearing a device in your ear that masks tinnitus by producing white noise. Or you could talk with the team at BrainStim Centers, Inc. about transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

How does TMS treat tinnitus?

Brain scans performed on patients with ringing in their ears show that tinnitus is associated with reduced nerve activity in a specific part of the brain.

TMS is a noninvasive treatment that sends magnetic pulses safely through your scalp and into a precisely controlled area of your brain. These pulses stimulate nerve activity, improving the balance of brain chemicals and restoring normal brain function.

While relaxing in the Nexstim chair, a tracker will be placed on your forehead, without the use of adhesives. The tracker engages with the system so the equipment and computer can pinpoint the exact location for sending the pulsations. 

Each session time varies. However, the first session typically takes 45 minutes to load the MRI and conduct brain navigation. This data will be saved in the computer for future reference. Subsequent visits typically take 20 minutes from start to finish. Since TMS doesn’t negatively impact your cognitive abilities, you can leave as soon as the session is over and go back to your daily routine.

The best results are seen when having 5 sessions per week for a six week period. Throughout your treatment process, you will have periodic assessments with your TMS Technician to evaluate your overall mood, energy, and progress.

To get expert treatment for your tinnitus, call BrainStim Centers, Inc. or book an appointment online today.

 

*** Treatments including but not limited to TMS treatments for tinnitus are designed to help improve cognitive function. Individual results may vary.