Ringing in the ears, or tinnitus, occurs as a symptom of an underlying condition, which may include:
age-related hearing loss
ear or head injury
changes in the bones of the ear (otosclerosis)
ear or sinus infection
atherosclerosis (“hardening” of the arteries)
high blood pressure
Although it can be very annoying and distracting, tinnitus is a very common condition, affecting about 20 percent of adults.
Although anyone can develop ringing in the ears, it's most common among people who:
have had loud noise exposure, especially for prolonged periods of time, such as musicians, soldiers or construction workers
have cardiovascular problems like high blood pressure or atherosclerosis
take medications like antibiotics, diuretics or antidepressants
Men are also more likely to have tinnitus compared to women.
Severe tinnitus can become a significant distraction, affecting the quality of life for many people who suffer from it. Left untreated, chronic ringing in the ears can cause:
stress and anxiety
loss of productivity
Getting additional treatments for these disorders can be very helpful, especially when tinnitus doesn't respond to treatment immediately.
The first step in treating tinnitus is to determine what issue is causing it. Treating an underlying condition is often the most effective way to eliminate annoying ringing in the ears. During your evaluation, you'll have a hearing exam and additional evaluations to determine what could be causing your symptoms. Removing earwax, treating underlying infections, managing circulation disorders or changing medication are all possible treatments. Our treatment will be based on our specific needs.
We accept most major insurance plans. If you have any questions, please contact our office.
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