Dr. Jeanne Perkins | Tinnitus Specialist

Doctor of Audiology

Jeanne Perkins Au.D.

Dr. Perkins specializes in vestibular testing and tinnitus treatment and management. While at Chicago Dizziness and Hearing, she developed and implemented new strategies for tinnitus masking. These findings were presented at the National American Academy of Audiology Convention in Chicago of 2011. Dr. Perkins is passionate about educating her patients and the public about hearing, tinnitus, the benefit of hearing aids, and balance issues.

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the hearing of sound when no external sound is present. It is usually described as a ringing noise, but in some patients, it takes the form of a high-pitched whining, electric buzzing, hissing, humming, tinging or whistling, ticking, clicking, roaring, “crickets”, “tree frogs”, “locusts”, tunes, songs, beeping, sizzling, or sounds that slightly resemble human voices or even a pure steady tone like that heard during a hearing test.  Rarely, unclear voices or music are heard. The sound may be soft or loud, low pitched or high pitched and appear to be coming from one ear or both.

Most of the time, tinnitus comes on gradually. In some people, the sound causes depression or anxiety and can interfere with concentration.  Tinnitus is common, affecting about 10–15% of people. Most, however, tolerate it well, and it is a significant problem in only 1–2% of people.

Common Causes of Tinnitus

Tinnitus is not a disease but a symptom that can result from a number of underlying causes. One of the most common causes is noise-induced hearing loss. Other causes include ear infections, disease of the heart or blood vessels, Ménière’s disease, brain tumors, emotional stress, exposure to certain medications, a previous head injury, and earwax. It is more common in those with depression.

Tinnitus Treatment Options

At Audiologic Services of Glen Ellyn & Carol Stream, we specialize in helping those suffering from tinnitus. Tinnitus expert, Dr. Jeanne Perkins is committed to providing the most advanced tinnitus management solutions to her patients. Solutions may include specialized hearing instruments, sound maskers and more. If you are experiencing ringing ears, contact our practice today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Perkins.
Glen Ellyn
487 Pennsylvania Ave
Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
Carol Stream
501 Thornhill Dr #100
Carol Stream, Illinois 60188