Noise in the ears, otherwise known as tinnitus or tinnitus, is a very common condition that is experienced by almost everyone at some time or another. The noise may be a ringing, chirping, whistling, buzzing, or crickets and it is one of the most common reasons why patients go to see an ear doctor. It may be a sign of a problem or it may arise from an unknown source. It may be constant or it may come and go.
Tinnitus is believed to be caused by an imbalance of the signals between the inner ear and the brain, but there is still much about tinnitus we do not know. Many people have been told that nothing can be done for their tinnitus. This is not true. While there is no definitive cure for tinnitus, the problem can be treated.
Treatment begins with an evaluation by an otologist, or ear specialist, such as the one of physicians at the Shea Ear Clinic. This evaluation will include a history, physical exam, and tests to measure your hearing and other aspects of inner ear function.
Treatments are tailored to the specific cause for the tinnitus, but may include dietary and lifestyle changes, masking techniques, counseling, medications, injections in the ear, and hearing aids. Some newer hearing aids have the ability to actively suppress tinnitus, making this a particularly attractive option for patients with hearing loss.
If you or someone you know is experiencing tinnitus, please make an appointment with Shea Ear Clinic at 1-800-477-SHEA.
Paul F. Shea, M.D. talking about Tinnitus