Tinnitus is a condition that is characterized by a perception of noise or a ringing sensation in the ears. This is a common problem that tends to affect about 1 in 5 people. The condition is usually considered to be a symptom of an underlying condition, mostly age-related hearing loss. The symptoms involve hearing an annoying buzzing or ringing sound even when there is no such external sound. This phantom noise can vary in its intensity and it can be heard in one or both the ears.
HOW IS TINNITUS DIAGNOSED?
Your ENT specialist will conduct a physical examination followed by an audiological exam and movement test to diagnose the condition. Imaging tests such as CT scan and MRI may be needed for definitive diagnosis.
HOW IS TINNITUS TREATED?
Drug therapy, anti anxiety medications and antidepressants are prescribed to treat Tinnitus. Lifestyle changes, noise suppression machines and hearing aids can also help in treating Tinnitus.
DID YOU KNOW?
Protecting the ears from loud noise can help prevent Tinnitus.