Are you wondering what that annoying ringing in your ears could be? While quite a few people will experience tinnitus at some point during their lifetime, it’s often a symptom that manifests when another issue is present. While tinnitus will often come and go for people, there are some people who deal with it all the time.

What could be causing your tinnitus? Unfortunately, that answer isn’t as simple as one might expect. Just as abdominal pain is a symptom of so many different health problems so too is tinnitus. There are many reasons why someone may experience tinnitus including:

  • Head injury
  • Migraines
  • Exposure to loud noises
  • Hearing loss
  • Hypertension
  • Certain medications
  • Wax build up
  • Smoking
  • Stress

Since tinnitus is a symptom, it’s a good idea to visit your otolaryngologist if you are dealing with persistent ringing in the ears. Through exams, hearing tests and other professional evaluations we could potentially pinpoint the cause of your symptoms to help create a treatment plan that will help reduce or even eliminate your tinnitus.

Since there is no test for tinnitus, your ENT doctor will sit down with you and ask you a series of questions. Through your answers, an audiologist can provide you with the information you need to manage your tinnitus.

As you may have assumed, the best way to treat tinnitus is to treat the underlying issue, if it’s something that can be pinpointed. If tinnitus is the result of a treatable health problem, either an ENT specialist or a medical specialist will treat you, depending on the cause. If the cause of your tinnitus isn’t determined, then choosing the right treatment plan may be difficult or impossible. In this case, an otolaryngologist may recommend other alternative therapies to reduce your symptoms. These therapies may include biofeedback or electrical stimulation.

If you are dealing with tinnitus and want to get to the root of your problem then it’s the best time to turn to an ear, nose and throat doctor to get the proper care you need. Since all treatments won’t work the same way for everyone with tinnitus, it’s important that you come in for a thorough evaluation before we come up with a way to manage your tinnitus.