Understanding Tinnitus

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the medical term for the sensation of hearing sound in your ears when no external sound is present. It affects 50 million (nearly one in six) Americans. Most describe the sound as ringing, though others describe it as hissing, buzzing, whistling, roaring or chirping.

For some, tinnitus is mild or intermittent. For others, it’s severe and can have a profound impact on their quality of life. For everyone, finding tinnitus relief is important.

What causes tinnitus?

The exact physical cause of tinnitus is not known, but several sources can trigger it or make it worse, including: Loud noises and hearing loss – Exposure to loud noises can destroy the non-regenerative cilia (tiny hairs) in the cochlea, causing permanent tinnitus and/or hearing loss.


As you age, those same cilia gradually deteriorate, which can lead to tinnitus and/or hearing loss.

Ototoxic medications

Some prescription medications such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and antidepressants are harmful to the inner ear as well as the nerve fibers connecting the cochlea to the brain.

Hearing conditions

Disorders like otosclerosis and Ménière’s disease are known to cause tinnitus.

Health conditions

Tinnitus can also be a symptom of health conditions like cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stress and head injuries.

Did you know?

  • Up to 90% of people with tinnitus have some level of noise-induced hearing loss.1
  • 1 in 10 American adults have experienced tinnitus lasting at least five minutes in the past year.2
  • Tinnitus is the leading service-related disability among U.S. veterans.3

Is there a cure?

Currently, there is no known tinnitus cure. But according to the American Tinnitus Association, there are recommended ways to get relief, including counseling and sound therapy.

Proven tinnitus relief products are an effective part of any sound therapy. They utilize a customizable and comforting sound stimulus to soothe the annoying noises associated with tinnitus.

What should you do if you think you have tinnitus?

The first step is to visit a hearing healthcare professional for a clinical evaluation. Specialized tests are performed to diagnose tinnitus and different options can be discussed to find what is right for you.

Take our free online tinnitus test

To gain a better understanding of your tinnitus and get relief suggestions, take our quick and easy test.

Taylor Verba, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA, CH-TM

Doctor of Audiology, Certificate Holder – Tinnitus Management

Taylor Verba comes from the Appalachian region of Ohio along the Ohio River. She completed both her undergraduate and doctorate of audiology from Ohio University in Athens. Dr. Verba has worked in a variety of clinical settings including, the Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs, neurotology, and private practice. Dr. Verba is committed to providing excellent care and finding a personalized treatment for each patient, She takes time to build relationships with her patients and their families by listening to their stories and concerns.

Dr. Verba decided to pursue audiology since communication is what helped heal her grandfather after he suffered from a stroke and, as a result, lost his speech and hearing ability. She was able to be a part of the rehabilitation process with the use of devices and witness firsthand how empowering and life changing audiology can be.

Dr. Verba  specializes in tinnitus because it is a collaborative approach, very individualized treatment, and holistic practice. Tinnitus is common and affects a huge population of people. Every day, there are new opportunities to problem solve creatively and scientifically.

Dr. Verba and her family moved back to Ohio after exploring  Arizona for a few years. When she is not helping patients, she and her husband enjoy spending time with their new baby boy,  two cats and Great Dane, hiking, and watching Ohio football.

1Source: WebMD
2Source: National Institute on Deafness
3Source: American Tinnitus Association

Patient Reviews

Read a Few of Our Google Reviews

4.9 out of 5 Stars based on 434 Reviews on Google.

Read what some of our patients have to say about our staff and our office!

Reviewer Profile Photo

Dosha Hoffman, on Google

Very thorough exam. Very professional.

Reviewer Profile Photo

Jane Roberts, on Google

Reviewer Profile Photo

Patricia Haimerl, on Google


Reviewer Profile Photo

Rosemary Longberry, on Google

I find the doctor very understanding pays very close attention to what I’m saying answers all questions. Just a really good experience.

Reviewer Profile Photo

Dennis Swan, on Google

Reviewer Profile Photo

Mercy Kissi, on Google

Echo Hearing Sytems & Audiology did an excellent job with me and they explained everything thoroughly.

Reviewer Profile Photo

John Nichols, on Google

Reviewer Profile Photo

Ravi Shankar, on Google

Quality under standing our problems and fixing them, no hurry to sell us what we don’t need.

Reviewer Profile Photo

Tomas Jan, on Google

I was very pleased with the excellent and professional care

Reviewer Profile Photo

Candy Bettinger, on Google

Reviewer Profile Photo

Maria Capocciama, on Google

Reviewer Profile Photo

Debbie Carfrey, on Google

I thought I was with respect into what was going on with my hearing . She took her time with me and explained everything to me. Great service

Reviewer Profile Photo

Roger Hayes, on Google

I have been one of Karyn Flynn's clients for many years now, and my experience has never been less than 'Excellent!'. I'm a retired engineer, and have asked LOTS of questions, and she has always answered them herself our found the answers from the relevant manufacturer. I would recommend Echo...

Reviewer Profile Photo

Frank Paynter, on Google

Everyone at Echo Hearing & Audiology is courteous and helpful. My Audiologist, Karyn Sokol Flynn, is friendly and professional. She makes the visits fun and is always caring and helpful.

Reviewer Profile Photo

Roseann Duchon, on Google

I love my Dr Karyn ❤️ and of course it was something stupid!!! She fixed in 2 seconds

Reviewer Profile Photo

Connie M, on Google

Reviewer Profile Photo

Lorinda Johnson, on Google

I did not have to wait. Karen was friendly and explained what each procedure would be. When the test was over she explained the results to me. I will be back for an annual check when I get my post card.

Reviewer Profile Photo

Stefanie Logan, on Google

Reviewer Profile Photo

Steve Crum, on Google

Dr Karyn Flynn is very knowledgable,professional and caring. She has been my Audiologist for several years. She is so confident and helpful which has made it much easier for me to continue to wear my hearing aides. Thank you Dr. Flynn.

Reviewer Profile Photo

Nancy Hopkins, on Google

Need help signin

Reviewer Profile Photo

Dale Chatfield, on Google

Reviewer Profile Photo

Michael Butto, on Google

Reviewer Profile Photo

Laurie Riehm, on Google

Reviewer Profile Photo

Rex Eskins, on Google

Reviewer Profile Photo

Meshell Papamihail, on Google