Tinnitus is the perception of noise or ringing in the ears. It is a symptom of an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, ear injury or a circulatory system disorder.Tinnitus symptoms include these types of phantom noises in ears like ringing, buzzing, roaring, clicking and hissing
HOW IS TINNITUS DIAGNOSED?
The doctor will examine the ears, head and neck to look for possible causes of tinnitus. Tests include:
• Hearing (audiological) exam - This can help rule out or identify possible causes of tinnitus.
• Movement - The doctor may ask to move eyes, clench jaw, or move neck, arms and legs. If the tinnitus changes or worsens, it may help identify an underlying disorder that needs treatment.
• Imaging tests - Depending on the suspected cause of the tinnitus, one may need imaging tests such as CT or MRI scans.
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?
Alternative treatments are very helpful in dealing with the problem of tinnitus. In particular, acupuncture has been known to eliminate this problem to a great extent.