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?
Treatment is based on the underlying cause. Ear wax removal, treating a blood vessel condition and changing your medications are some of the treatment options. In case of age related tinnitus, use of hearing aids, tinnitus retaining device and masking devices can be useful.
DID YOU KNOW?
This is not a serious medical concern though it may worsen with age.