Tinnitus is a symptom that associated with some forms of hearing loss, and it can be a sign of other health issues as well. The American Tinnitus Association estimates that 12 million Americans are sufferers. For some, the roaring, clicking, hissing, or ringing sound in their ears interferes with their daily activities, including sleep.
Loud noise. Too much exposure to loud noise can cause noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus.
Medicine. More than 200 medicines can cause tinnitus. If you have tinnitus and you take medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether your medicine could be involved.
Hearing loss. Doctors and scientists have discovered that people with different kinds of hearing loss also have tinnitus.
Other health problems. Allergies, tumors, and problems in the heart and blood vessels, jaws, and neck can cause tinnitus.
What to Do If You Think You Have Tinnitus
If you suspect you have tinnitus, see your Atlanta ENT doctor. Your doctor will try to get to the bottom of what is causing it.
Your doctor may refer you to an ear, nose, and throat doctor, or an audiologist.
There is no cure for tinnitus, but one of the following treatments might be recommended for you, depending on what is causing it:
To schedule an appointment with the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute, please call 770-740-1860. We have offices all over the Atlanta area, from Lawrenceville to Alpharetta, so don’t hesitate to contact us.
This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your health care professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.