Tinnitus is not a disease in itself but a common symptom. An essential part of the treatment will be understanding your specific tinnitus and its causes.
Nearly 36 million Americans suffer from tinnitus or head noises. It may be an intermittent sound or an annoying continuous sound in one or both ears. Its pitch can go from a low roar to a high squeal or whine.
Tinnitus may be caused by different parts of the hearing system. At times, for instance, it may be caused by excessive ear wax, especially if the wax touches the ear drum, causing pressure and changing how the ear drum vibrates. Other times, loose hair from the ear canal may come in contact with the ear drum and cause tinnitus.
Treatment requires extensive testing, and can include x-rays, audiological tests and other laboratory work, including MRI of the inner ear. Specific causes can be difficult to identify and treatment options vary depending upon test results. They may include:
Amplification (hearing aids)
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