Associates of Otolaryngology offers premier ear, nose, and throat healthcare services to its patients from Franktown. We take the time to listen to your concerns before we offer our recommendations and medication that is specifically suited to your individual requirements and expectations.
We bring to you more than 40 years of experience as well as the expertise and artistic skills required for the wide range of head, face, and neck surgery procedures offered at Associates of Otolaryngology. We remain the most trusted ENT specialists for families owing to our dedication and exceptional results. If you are looking for unparalleled services in the diagnosis and treatment of your ENT issues, we can help you achieve the results you expect.
What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a buzzing or ringing sound in your ears or head which can have a range of loudness or pitch. This ringing in your ears can also come and go when you are in different environments or at different times. Tinnitus can be a chronic problem that makes everyday social interactions difficult. While for some people this ringing can be constant, others have it occasionally or just in one ear. Whatever the severity of your tinnitus, it affects the quality of your life when ordinary sounds are drowned out. The condition affects your social life, work, even sleep and consequently, your overall health.
The condition can be caused due to several different reasons such as hearing loss, disorders of the inner ear, TMJ and cervical spine contributions, a head injury or concussion and nervous system disorders. Our team will assess your situation and, even though there is no cure for tinnitus, we will help you get relief with a range of therapies, technologies as well as lifestyle changes. This will help reduce the severity of your condition as well as your perception of it.
Why do you need assessment and treatment for tinnitus?
When you do not suffer from significant tinnitus, you may still be able to live with it; however, there are many who find that their concentration, sleep, and quality of life are affected by it. This is when the assessment of your condition is important. When left untreated for long, tinnitus can cause anxiety and depression, leading to a vicious cycle of emotional turmoil that increases your symptoms.
When you experience chronic ringing in your ears, treatment is necessary because it could be a symptom of other health-related issues as well. Tinnitus is also linked to several lifestyle choices like poor diet, excessive caffeine, smoking, and the use of alcohol. Certain health conditions like diabetes, thyroid, circulatory concerns, or Meniere’s disease have been associated with tinnitus. When you consult our team, we assess the underlying reason for your tinnitus to ensure the best treatment.
How can we help you?
When you explain your symptoms in detail to us, it helps our team to accurately assess and treat your tinnitus. We suggest that you write down certain factors of your condition to discuss with us such as:
- When do you experience tinnitus?
- When is the perceived sound the loudest?
- For how long have you been suffering from tinnitus?
- If at any time you experience any changes in these sounds
- Any other factors you think may be helpful for assessment.
Our team of doctors will ask you some more questions about your tinnitus in addition to questions about your and your family’s medical history. Following this, we will inspect your ears, which may include some hearing tests specific to tinnitus which will help us understand your symptoms clearly. These tests are painless, and they will be conducted in the comfort of our private office.
There may be other emotional and psychological factors in your life that contribute to the perception of your tinnitus. Depending on your lifestyle, the causes of your tinnitus and how severe it is, we will recommend optimal treatment. We offer a combination of treatments for our patients which can include sound therapy such as hearing aids and psychological help that can manage emotional triggers. We also recommend changes to your lifestyle such as taking or avoiding certain medicines. You must be prepared to wait to see a change in your tinnitus, since the treatment can take some time. Our team will stay with you through every step ensuring the quality of your life is enhanced.
About Franktown, CO
Franktown is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in the Douglas County of Colorado. It is named after its early resident, Hon. J. Franklin Gardner. Franktown was the first county seat of Douglas County from 1861 until 1863. The Castlewood Canyon State Park in Franktown offers beautiful vistas and great day hiking for any age. If you like historical places, the Pike’s Peak Grange No. 163 in Franktown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.