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Tinnitus - What Causes It?

MBBS, DLO
ENT Specialist, Faridabad
Tinnitus - What Causes It?

Tinnitus is the ringing in the ears in the absence of any external sound and the ringing heard is not related to any external source. Tinnitus is a symptom due to underlying ear disease.

Epidemiology

Worldwide 10%-15% of the population suffer from tinnitus and those suffering from ear-related problems are 85% of the population.

How do we know whether it is subjective or objective tinnitus?

Subjective tinnitus is the sound which only the patient hears and objective tinnitus is the sound which others can hear as well along with the patient. Ninety-five percent of the people suffer from subjective tinnitus due to problems in the inner, middle, and outer ear whereas rest 5% suffer from objective tinnitus which is due to any structural defect in the ear, neuromuscular condition, or a tumor in the head, neck, and brain.

Causes

  • Prolonged exposure to loud sound for a long duration can cause permanent damage to the ear, whereas exposure to a sound for short duration may restore hearing back.
  • Middle ear infection.
  • Injury to ear.
  • Age-related hearing loss: Hearing gets hampered with age which starts around 60 years of age. Hearing loss can lead to tinnitus.
  • Meniere’s disease: It is an inner ear disease; tinnitus is an early symptom
  • Earwax: Normally earwax protects ear canal from dirt. When it accumulates, wax gets built up causing blockage leading to hearing loss.
  • Emotional stress Diseases of the heart
  • Drugs, such as aspirin, antidepressants, quinine, cancer medications, and diuretics.
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder
  • Acoustic neuroma

How to deal with it?

First, treat the underlying cause.A patient suffering from tinnitus should be counseled every 15 days. It reduces the stress onto those who are suffering from tinnitus and will boost up the patient.Tinnitus maskers/hearing aid is helpful in ignoring tinnitus frequency. Maintain your cardiovascular health with regular exercise, yoga, meditation, and medicines which control blood pressure. All these factors can help prevent tinnitus.

Can tinnitus be fatal?

It can vary from mild to severe which can cause distress such as interference with sleep and normal day to day routine activities. It can affect patient psychologically so much that patient goes into depression and can commit suicide.

How to evaluate tinnitus?

It can include an audiogram (hearing test), measurement of acoustic parameters and some of the imaging studies to be performed.

  1. A pure tone hearing test is to be performed to find out the cause. Acoustic measurement of tinnitus includes measuring several parameters like frequency, the range of frequency, bandwidth, and loudness in dB above hearing threshold.
  2. Residual inhibition helps indicate how useful tinnitus maskers would be.
  3. Imaging studies like magnetic resonance angiography and Transcranial Doppler are to be performed to find out the underlying cause.
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Tinnitus - How Can Audiologist Treat It?

M.Sc - Audiology, BASLP
Audiologist, Delhi
Tinnitus - How Can Audiologist Treat It?

For someone suffering from Tinnitus, a perpetual sense of ringing in the ears is the main complaint. It’s annoying, to say the least. But more importantly, it is a sign of hearing loss. This is why people need to see an audiologist if he/she has a sense of tinnitus for some time. An audiologist can treat this problem in different ways.

Diagnosis

The first step in treating tinnitus like any other disease involves determining the cause. The doctor may perform different tests such as-Hearing:

  • Hearing exam

During this test, one needs to sit in a soundproof room and wear earphones. Specific sounds will be played into the ears, one at a time, through these earphones. People have to indicate when they hear different intensities of sound. The results are compared with empirical results for comparable age. This helps the audiologist identify possible or rule out specific causes.

  • Movement

One may need to clench the jaw, move the eyes or neck, or even move the arms and legs as part of the test. If tinnitus symptoms get better or worse at any of these postures, the audiologist can identify the underlying disorder.

  • Imaging Tests

The doctor may suggest an MRI or CT depending on his suspicions.

TreatmentRetraining

 Treatment involves identifying an underlying problem, if any. If the tinnitus symptoms are due to some health conditions, the audiologist may take the following steps:

  • Clearing the Earwax

Impacted earwax can cause a variety of problems, including tinnitus symptoms. An audiologist can remove the ear wax.

  • Treating Vascular Conditions

Underlying vascular problems that require surgery or any other treatment may treat the condition.

  • Changing Medication

Tinnitus can also be a side effect of medication. If the doctor suspects that he may recommend reducing or stopping the drug completely. He may also recommend a different medication.

Noise Suppression

If there is no underlying health condition or medication responsible for tinnitus, the doctor may take recourse to noise suppression.  The patient may need to wear an electronic noise suppression device. These devices include:

  • White Noise Devices

These machines produce simulated sounds such as those of ocean waves, falling rain etc. This is often found to be effective in treating tinnitus. He may also recommend using pillow speakers, fans, dehumidifiers, air conditioners and humidifiers to suppress internal noise at night.

  • Hearing Aids

If a hearing problem is associated with tinnitus, the audiologist may prescribe hearing aid.

  • Masking Devices

Such devices mask the internal sounds of tinnitus and are worn in the ear in a similar fashion as hearing aids.

  • Retraining

This device delivers programmed music to mask the sound of tinnitus. This technique usually helps the patient get accustomed to the sound of tinnitus.

 Depending on diagnosis and findings, audiologists may also recommend medicines. Audiologists use medicines usually for severe tinnitus only, since these may have side effects. It may also help reduce symptoms.

 

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Tinnitus And Vertigo Management With Panchakarma!

B.A.M.S, M.D In Ayurvedic Medicine
Ayurveda, Amritsar
Tinnitus And Vertigo Management With Panchakarma!

Have you tried a host of conventional therapies, taken numerous medications, consulted the best physicians - but a cure still seems elusive?

If you are looking for a faster and completely natural method of healing from these balance disorders, Ayurveda is your best option.

What is Tinnitus?
The word tinnitus is a latin derivative meaning ‘to ring’. In this condition, the person suffers from a disparity of sound in both ears without any external noise present, like hissing, roaring clicking, whistling and others.The ringing can be sporadic or continuous and the volume ranges from minute to blooming to clamourous.

Tinnitus has also been associated with-

  • Sensorineural hearing loss in people with a vata dominant type of body
  • Pulsatile tinnitus or rhythmic pulsing, a thumping sound that coordinates with the heartbeat.

Globally, 50 million, which is 10-18% of the total population, suffer from tinnitus.

What is Vertigo?
Vertigo is characterized by a feeling of sudden rush in the head which leads to swaying or spinning. This makes it difficult to stand in an upright position. Ayurveda calls it ‘brahma’.

Causes-
Ayurveda states that vertigo is an outcome of ‘pitta and vatta dosha’.

  • When these ‘doshas’ becomes overactive, it imbalances the entire functioning system and causes irritating sensations like ringing in the ears.
  • ‘Vestibular imbalance’ in the inner portion of the ear is another reason causing vertigo
  • When adequate oxygen flow to the ear is disrupted, it also causes abnormal ringing in the ears

Treatment-
Panchakarma is a five (pancha) therapy (karma) which makes use of complete ayurvedic techniques in detoxification and body-mind healing. It eliminates diseases from their roots by examining individual needs like the body constitution, pitta dosha, age, digestive fire, and other factors. It is a proven therapy to restore the optimal health of the body, vitality and inner balance.

This rejuvenating program believes in two major treatment methods- ‘shodhana’ and ‘shamana’. Shodhana is cleansing of the body and Shamana refers to treatment with medications.

1. Panchakarma to treat Tinnitus

  • Nasya or errhine medications- Nose drop oils like vacha calms and balance the prana vayu. The oil is warmed, put in one nostril and it flows out of the other. This removes excess vata from the head and the neck area.
  • Abhyanga is of two types- Shiroabhyanga is a head massage and padabhyanga is a foot massage. In padabhyanga the soles of the feet are rubbed with warm sesame oil which calms the prana vayu. The oil penetrates deep into the skin, relaxes the body, nourishes every starved cell and removes excess waste products. It propels arterial and lymphatic circulation.
  • Karnapoorna or ear drops are used to relax the vata in the ears. Approximately ten drops of sesame oil is applied and allowed to stay for five-ten minutes. The ear is cleaned and the process is repeated for the other ear.
  • Kawala and Gandush is the gargling of specific medicated oils or kawath (liquid). It provides strength to the nerves of the ears and appeases the vata gandush.

2. Panchakarma to treat Vertigo
The science of Ayurveda does not state vertigo as a chronic disease. Rather it is a disorder of the nervous system. The vitiated pitta is responsible for causing the spinning sensation. This is where the Ayurvedic method of Panchakarma benefits the human body by balancing the pitta and purifying it. The healing techniques include-

  • Abhyanga or regular oil massaging
  • Swedana or treatment by applying herbal steam
  • Lymphatic massage
  • Basti or medicated enemas
  • Nasya or administering oils through the nostrils
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Auditory Deprivation - Take Action Today!

M.Sc - Audiology, BASLP
Audiologist, Delhi
Auditory Deprivation - Take Action Today!

Ever wondered why you are not getting good benefit in the understanding of speech despite using good hearing aids. The answer may be AUDITORY DEPRIVATION.

What is auditory deprivation?

  • Auditory Deprivation is a condition that occurs in individuals suffering from hearing loss where their brain loses the ability to interpret words due to a lack of stimulation over an extended period of time.
  • Our brain receives all signal from our auditory senses (i.e. our ears) through auditory nerves but when our hearing sensitivity reduces our brain also starts to function differently. It gives more importance to visual cues rather than auditory cues. 
  • With the passage of time, our brain is more dependent on visual cues rather than auditory signals for understanding verbal information. 

How to avoid Auditory deprivation?

1. Early Identification of Hearing Loss:

Look for the signs and symptoms of hearing loss such as

  • People seem to mumble more frequently.
  • You experience ringing in your ears.
  • You often ask people to repeat themselves.
  • Your family complains that you play the radio or TV too loudly.
  • You no longer hear normal household sounds, such as the dripping of a faucet or the ringing of a doorbell.
  • You have difficulty understanding a conversation when in a large group or crowd.
  • You have trouble understanding all the words in a conversation.
  • You find telephone conversation increasingly difficult.
  • You have trouble hearing when your back is turned to the speaker.
  • You have been told you speak too loudly.

As you feel that you are having any of these symptoms, please show to an audiologist nearby. It is recommended to have regular hearing screening done by your ENT or Audiologist after the age of 50 years.

2. Early Intervention of Hearing Loss:

As soon as you find that you are having hearing loss, start using proper intervention technique. In most cases, it is using amplification devices i.e. Hearing Aids.

Don't ignore even mild degree of hearing loss as it is proven that our brain re-organization occurs even with a mild hearing loss.

Next question that comes to our mind is, 'should I have to use hearing aids in both ears or can I manage with only one?'

The answer is NO, you have to use hearing aids in both ears if you are having a loss in both ears because our brain is habitual of using both ears.

There are some listed advantages of using two hearing aids rather than one:

  • Better understanding of speech
  • Better understanding of group and noisy situations
  • Better ability to tell the direction of sound
  • Better sound quality
  • Smoother tone quality
  • Wider hearing range
  • Better sound identification
  • Hearing is less tiring and listening more pleasant
  • Feeling of balanced hearing
  • Greater comfort when loud noises occur
  • Reduced feedback and whistling
  • Tinnitus Masking

And the most important thing, you can avoid auditory deprivation to occur in both ears.

Tinnitus - Know More About It!

BHMS
Homeopath, Kanpur
Tinnitus - Know More About It!

Tinnitus (tin-ih-tus) is the perception of noise or ringing in the ears. A common problem, tinnitus affects about 1 in 5 people. Tinnitus isn't a condition itself — it's a symptom of an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, ear injury or a circulatory system disorder.

Although bothersome, tinnitus usually isn't a sign ofv something serious. Although it can worsen with age, for many people, tinnitus can improve with treatment. Treating an identified underlying cause sometimes helps. Other treatments reduce or mask the noise, making tinnitus less noticeable.

Symptoms
Tinnitus involves the annoying sensation of hearing sound when no external sound is present. Tinnitus symptoms include these types of phantom noises in your ears:

  • Ringing
  • Buzzing
  • Roaring
  • Clicking
  • Hissing

The phantom noise may vary in pitch from a low roar to a high squeal, and you may hear it in one or both ears. In some cases, the sound can be so loud it can interfere with your ability to concentrate or hear actual sound. Tinnitus may be present all the time, or it may come and go.

There are two kinds of tinnitus.

1. Subjective tinnitus is tinnitus only you can hear. This is the most common type of tinnitus. It can be caused by ear problems in your outer, middle or inner ear. It also can be caused by problems with the hearing (auditory) nerves or the part of your brain that interprets nerve signals as sound (auditory pathways).
2. Objective tinnitus is tinnitus your doctor can hear when he or she does an examination. This rare type of tinnitus may be caused by a blood vessel problem, a middle ear bone condition or muscle contractions.

You develop tinnitus after an upper respiratory infection, such as a cold, and your tinnitus doesn't improve within a week.
See your doctor as soon as possible if:

Causes- 
A number of health conditions can cause or worsen tinnitus. In many cases, an exact cause is never found.

A common cause of tinnitus is inner ear cell damage. Tiny, delicate hairs in your inner ear move in relation to the pressure of sound waves. This triggers ear cells to release an electrical signal through a nerve from your ear (auditory nerve) to your brain. Your brain interprets these signals as sound. If the hairs inside your inner ear are bent or broken, they can" leak" random electrical impulses to your brain, causing tinnitus.Other causes of tinnitus include other ear problems, chronic health conditions, and injuries or conditions that affect the nerves in your ear or the hearing center in your brain.

Common causes of tinnitus
In many people, tinnitus is caused by one of these conditions:

  • Age-related hearing loss. For many people, hearing worsens with age, usually starting around age 60. Hearing loss can cause tinnitus. The medical term for this type of hearing loss is presbycusis.
  • Exposure to loud noise. Loud noises, such as those from heavy equipment, chain saws and firearms, are common sources of noise-related hearing loss. Portable music devices, such as mp3 players or ipods, also can cause noise-related hearing loss if played loudly for long periods. Tinnitus caused by short-term exposure, such as attending a loud concert, usually goes away; long-term exposure to loud sound can cause permanent damage.
  • Earwax blockage. Earwax protects your ear canal by trapping dirt and slowing the growth of bacteria. When too much earwax accumulates, it becomes too hard to wash away naturally, causing hearing loss or irritation of the eardrum, which can lead to tinnitus.
  • Ear bone changes. Stiffening of the bones in your middle ear (otosclerosis) may affect your hearing and cause tinnitus. This condition, caused by abnormal bone growth, tends to run in families.

Other causes of tinnitus
Some causes of tinnitus are less common, including:

  1. Meniere's disease- Tinnitus can be an early indicator of meniere's disease, an inner ear disorder that may be caused by abnormal inner ear fluid pressure.
  2. Tmj disorders- Problems with the temporomandibular joint, the joint on each side of your head in front of your ears, where your lower jawbone meets your skull, can cause tinnitus.
  3. Head injuries or neck injuries- Head or neck trauma can affect the inner ear, hearing nerves or brain function linked to hearing. Such injuries generally cause tinnitus in only one ear.
  4. Acoustic neuroma- This noncancerous (benign) tumor develops on the cranial nerve that runs from your brain to your inner ear and controls balance and hearing. Also called vestibular schwannoma, this condition generally causes tinnitus in only one ear.
  5. Blood vessel disorders linked to tinnitus- In rare cases, tinnitus is caused by a blood vessel disorder. This type of tinnitus is called pulsatile tinnitus. Causes include:
  6. Atherosclerosis- With age and buildup of cholesterol and other deposits, major blood vessels close to your middle and inner ear lose some of their elasticity — the ability to flex or expand slightly with each heartbeat. That causes blood flow to become more forceful, making it easier for your ear to detect the beats. You can generally hear this type of tinnitus in both ears.
  7. Head and neck tumors- A tumor that presses on blood vessels in your head or neck (vascular neoplasm) can cause tinnitus and other symptoms.
  8. High blood pressure- Hypertension and factors that increase blood pressure, such as stress, alcohol and caffeine, can make tinnitus more noticeable.
  9. Turbulent blood flow- Narrowing or kinking in a neck artery (carotid artery) or vein in your neck (jugular vein) can cause turbulent, irregular blood flow, leading to tinnitus.
  10. Malformation of capillaries- A condition called arteriovenous malformation (avm), abnormal connections between arteries and veins, can result in tinnitus. This type of tinnitus generally occurs in only one ear.


Medications that can cause tinnitus
A number of medications may cause or worsen tinnitus. Generally, the higher the dose of these medications, the worse tinnitus becomes. Often the unwanted noise disappears when you stop using these drugs. Medications known to cause or worsen tinnitus include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Cancer medications,
  • Water pills (diuretics), 
  • Quinine medications used for malaria or other health conditions
  • Certain antidepressants may worsen tinnitus
  • Aspirin taken in uncommonly high doses (usually 12 or more a day)

Risk factors
Anyone can experience tinnitus, but these factors may increase your risk:

  • Loud noise exposure- Prolonged exposure to loud noise can damage the tiny sensory hair cells in your ear that transmit sound to your brain. People who work in noisy environments — such as factory and construction workers, musicians, and soldiers — are particularly at risk.
  • Age- As you age, the number of functioning nerve fibers in your ears declines, possibly causing hearing problems often associated with tinnitus.
  • Gender- Men are more likely to experience tinnitus.
  • Smoking- Smokers have a higher risk of developing tinnitus.
  • Cardiovascular problems- Conditions that affect your blood flow, such as high blood pressure or narrowed arteries (atherosclerosis), can increase your risk of tinnitus.

Complications
Tinnitus can significantly affect quality of life. Although it affects people differently, if you have tinnitus, you also may experience:

  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Sleep problems
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Memory problems
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and irritability

Treating these linked conditions may not affect tinnitus directly, but it can help you feel better.

Prevention
In many cases, tinnitus is the result of something that can't be prevented. However, some precautions can help prevent certain kinds of tinnitus.

Use hearing protection. Over time, exposure to loud noise can damage the nerves in the ears, causing hearing loss and tinnitus. If you use chain saws, are a musician, work in an industry that uses loud machinery or use firearms (especially pistols or shotguns), always wear over-the-ear hearing protection.
Turn down the volume. Long-term exposure to amplified music with no ear protection or listening to music at very high volume through headphones can cause hearing loss and tinnitus.
Take care of your cardiovascular health. Regular exercise, eating right and taking other steps to keep your blood vessels healthy can help prevent tinnitus linked to blood vessel disorders.

Homeopathic remedies
1. Calcarea carbonica- 
When this remedy is indicated, tinnitus may be experienced alone or with vertigo. The person may have hearing problems, or cracking and pulsing sensations in the ears. People who need this remedy are usually chilly, easily fatigued, crave sweets, and feel overwhelmed and anxious when unwell.

2.Chininum sulphuricum- Buzzing, ringing, and roaring sounds that are loud enough to impair the person's hearing suggest a need for this remedy. The person may also have a tendency toward chills and vertigo, during which the tinnitus is often worse.

3. Graphites- This remedy may be beneficial to a person who has tinnitus with associated deafness. Hissing and clicking sounds are often heard in the ears (or even louder sounds like gunshots). People who need this remedy may also have a tendency toward constipation, poor concentration, and cracking skin eruptions.

4. Lycopodium- A humming and roaring in the ears, along with impairment of hearing, suggest the use of this remedy. Sounds may also seem to echo in the ears. People needing lycopodium often have a tendency toward ear infections with discharge, as well as chronic digestive problems or urinary tract complaints.

5. Carbo vegetabilis- This remedy may be useful if ringing in the ears occurs during flu or other conditions involving vertigo and nausea. The symptoms may be worst in the evening and at night. The person may feel cold and faint, but usually has a craving for fresh and moving air. Carbo vegetabilis is also helpful when an illness has been prolonged or recovery is slow.

6. China (also called cinchona officinalis)- This remedy is often helpful to people who feel touchy, weak, and nervous with sensitivity to noise and tinnitus. It is often indicated after fluids have been lost through vomiting, diarrhea, heavy sweating, and surgery or other conditions involving blood loss.

7. Cimicifuga- People likely to respond to this remedy are very sensitive to noise, along with tinnitus, and often have pain and muscle tension in the neck and back. They are usually energetic, nervous, and talkative, but become depressed or fearful when not feeling well. Headaches and problems during menstrual periods are often seen in people who need this remedy.

8. Coffea cruda- This remedy may be helpful to an excitable, nervous person with tinnitus accompanied by extremely sensitive hearing and a buzzing feeling in the back of the head. People who need this remedy often have insomnia from mental overstimulation.

9. Kali carbonicum- Tinnitus with ringing or roaring, accompanied by cracking noises and itching in the ears, may be relieved with this remedy. Vertigo experienced on turning is another indication. People who need this remedy are often quite conservative, with a rigid code of ethics. They tend to feel anxiety in the region of the stomach.

10. Natrum salicylicum- This remedy may be beneficial if ringing in the ears is like a low, dull hum. Loss of hearing related to bone conduction, as well as nerve interference and vertigo, may be involved. Natrum salicylicum is a useful remedy when tinnitus and tiredness occur after influenza or along with meniere's disease.

11. Salicylicum acidum- This remedy is indicated for tinnitus with very loud roaring or ringing sounds, which may be accompanied by deafness or vertigo. The problem may have begun with flu, or occur in a person with meniere's disease. Salicylicum acidum may also be helpful if tinnitus has been caused by too much aspirin.

"Don’t use any homeopathic remedies without any prescription."

 

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Cupping Therapy In Tinnitus!

MD (U), Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (B.U.M.S)
Unani Specialist, Delhi
Cupping Therapy In Tinnitus!

Cupping Therapy in Tinnitus (Ears ringing) कान में घंटिया बजना -

Cupping may help calm tinnitus symptoms in numerous ways. Cupping lessens pressure, which can fuel both the tinnitus and any fundamental conditions. Cupping can likewise resolve postural issues that may add to tinnitus. 
Muscle pressure can aggravate tinnitus. Cupping lessens tense muscles and redresses neck, head, and jaw misalignment which can put weight on the internal ear. There are a couple of specific focuses points around the ear and neck which can be focused with cupping to assuage manifestations of tinnitus. Another zone of center for tinnitus cupping is the mastoid procedure, the hard piece of the skull specifically behind the ear. Cupping is an astounding normal treatment alternative for those tormented by the annoying indications of tinnitus. It can diminish by and large pressure and uneasiness "the two supporters of compounding tinnitus" and additionally mitigate strain and enhance arrangement in the neck, jaw and ear muscles. For anybody looking for cupping for tinnitus, it is essential to pick a master unani doctor completely prepared in cupping strategies for the neck, jaw, and ear muscles.

 

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Best ENT Specialist in Bangalore!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Best ENT Specialist in Bangalore!

Suffering from problem related to ear, nose and throat (ENT) and confused about where to get it treated in Bangalore. Below are the best ENT specialist or otolaryngologists in Bangalore who can help you. These ENT specialist in Bangalore have years of experience in treating problems related to hearing and speech as well as cases like sinusitis and allergies. Best ENT Surgeons and consultants in Bangalore are:

1. Dr. Jagdish Chaturvedi

DNB (ENT), MBBS

Dr. Jagdish Chaturvedi has years of experience as an ENT specialist. In his career of 12 years he has treated several cases of simple as well as advanced problems related to ear, nose, throat diseases. He has conducted several surgeries like endoscopic sinus surgeries, tracheostomies and ear nose throat endoscopies. He has done several additional courses to upgrade his knowledge and has innovated over 16 medical devices. He is currently affiliated to Sinus Hospital.

Consultation fees: ₹500-550

2. Dr. Sandeep Dachuri

MS - ENT, MBBS

Dr. Sandeep Dachuri is a practicing ENT/ Otorhinolaryngologist in Bangalore with 7 years of experience. He currently practices at Shri Vishnu Ent Speciality Center in Banashankari 3rd Stage, Bangalore.Some of the areas of special interest and expertise are Sinusitis Evaluation, ENT Consultation & treatment, Nasal endoscopy and Foreign Body Removal and vertigo.

Consultation fees: ₹300

3. Dr. Chandre Gowda

MBBS, MS - ENT

Dr. Chandre Gowda is one of the very senior doctors who has 40 years of experience. He currently practices at Sankalp ENT Care Centre. His areas of specialization are eardrum rupture treatment, head and neck cancers, phono surgery, tonsillectomy. He is a life time member of Academy of Oral Implantology (AOI),Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Association of Otolaryngologists of India (AOI).

Consultation fees: ₹100

4. Dr. Sandhya Patil

D.N.B, D.L.O

Dr. Sandhya Patil, is a reputed Ear-Nose-Throat (ENT) specialist in Bangalore with 10 years of experience. She is associated with best hospitals as a visiting consultant and also runs her own private practice called Daivik ENT Center. She is a recipient of many awards in her field and specialises in treatment foreign body removal, tonsillitis, hearing and speech impairment

Consultation fees: ₹300

5. Dr. Shankar B Medikeri

MBBS, MS - ENT, DORL, DNB (ENT), FICS

Dr. Shankar B. Medikeri is a topper and gold medallist in his graduation and post graduation. With more than 40 years of experience he has worked with several hospitals in Bombay and Bangalore. He currently practices at Medikeri's Super Specality ENT Center. He has keen interest in conducting Live Surgical Workshops on Microsurgery of the Ear & Larynx, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Laser Surgery and Cadaver dissection Courses on Temporal Bone. In last 13 years he has done more than 600 cochlear implants.

Consultation fees: ₹600

6. Dr. Anita Krishnan

MBBS, Diploma in Otorhinolaryngology (DLO), DNB - ENT, Diploma in Medical Law and Ethics (PGDMLE)

Dr. Anita Krishnan has done several fellowships and certifications nationally and internationally. She has more than 26 years of experience and is associated with Apollo Spectra and Bangalore ENT Care Centre. SHe has attended and conducted several CMEs and seminars to upgrade her skills and knowledge as well as to help her fellow colleagues. She is known for his treatment and services like- Laryngostroboscopy, Laser Surgery, Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery - FESS using XOMED & Smith Nephew Microdebrider.

Consultation fees: ₹600

7. Dr. Alok Banka

ENT Surgeon, M.S., MBBS

Dr. Alok Banka is a qualified and well experienced ENT surgeon with 14 years of experience. He is is a visiting consultant at many hospitals and clinics in Bangalore like- Cogent Care Clinic, Narayana Hospital, Apollo Clinic, Columbia Asia Hospital. His areas of keen interest are micro-ear surgeries, and endoscopic sinus surgeries. He has also dealt with cases of cosmetic nasal and micro laryngeal surgeries. He is known for use of new technologies and therapies that provide best treatment to his patients.

Consultation fees: ₹450

8. Dr. Gladson Guddappa Uchil

MBBS, Diploma In Otorhinolaryngology (DLO)

Dr Gladson Guddappa Uchil is considered to be amongst the otolaryngologist, head & neck surgeon. With 21 years of experience he has worked with some of best hospitals like Fortis Healthcare Ltd, HCG Hospitals & Sparsh Superspeciality Hospitals in Bangalore. He is an expert in treating ENT related diseases or disorders snoring & sleep apnoea, ear infection. He has also done several surgeries to treat sinusitis & deviated nasal septum. He is a member of Indian Society of Otology, Association of Otolaryngologists of Bangalore (AOB), and Association of Otolaryngologists of India (AOI). 

Consultation fees: ₹600

9. Dr. Manjunath Mk

Fellowship In Laryngology, MS - ENT, MBBS, USMLE

Dr. Manjunath has 17 years of experience is a prominent name among ENT surgeons. He has done his fellowship from USA. During his tenure he has performed micro-laryngeal surgery, cosmetic nose surgery and endoscopic sinus surgery. He is also known for his perfection when it comes to micro-ear surgical procedures and has a special interest in treating snoring & sleep disorders, hearing problems, surgery for deviated nasal septum.

Consultation fees: ₹350

10. Dr. Sushma Patil

MBBS, Diploma in Otorhinolaryngology (DLO)

Dr. Sushma Patil is a ENT/ Otorhinolaryngologist with 11 years of practice. She is a reputed name in Bangalore and is member of South Zone SOI and Karnataka Medical Council. She has successfully treated cases of sleep apnea, thyroplasty, tinnitus evaluation  and management.

Consultation fees: ₹300

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Constant Ringing in Ears - Know The Reasons Behind It!

DNB (ENT), Diploma in Otorhinolaryngology (DLO), MBBS, SR (ENT)
ENT Specialist, Ahmedabad
Constant Ringing in Ears - Know The Reasons Behind It!

Tinnitus is a disorder which is characterized by a constant perception of a ringing noise in the ears. This is not the condition in itself, rather it signals some other underlying condition such as an ear injury or age related hearing loss. It is not a serious condition, although the symptoms can worsen with age. If you are affected by this disorder, you might experience or ‘hear’ a constant ringing sensation in the ears, even if there are no external sources of noise. These sounds could range from being a buzzing, ringing, to a hissing sound. This condition has mighty chances of interfering with your daily routine.

It is classified into two types:

  1. Objective tinnitus: This disorder is caused by muscle contractions or a blood vessel problem.
  2. Subjective tinnitus: The more commonly occurring type, it is caused by damage to the auditory nerves or regions of the brain that interpret sound.

The causes of this disorder are:

  1. Exposure to loud noise: If you are exposed to loud noises such as the ones emanating from firearms or heavy machinery over a prolonged period, it can lead to tinnitus.
  2. Aging: Aging can cause progressive loss of hearing, thus triggering tinnitus.
  3. Blockage of the ear: There is earwax present in the ears, the function of which is to trap dirt and bacteria. Excessive earwax accumulation leads to loss of hearing, resulting in tinnitus.
  4. Modifications of the ear bone: Any stiffening of the middle bone in the ear could impair your hearing and result in this condition.

Certain factors such as smoking, age, sex (men are prone to this disorder) and heart related disorders increase the risks of being affected by this condition.

Treatment
The treatment of this condition begins with the identification of the underlying condition, if any. The various treatment options are –

  1. Removal of earwax: Excess earwax has gotten rid of which can relieve symptoms of tinnitus.
  2. Suppression of noise: Certain machines, known as white noise machines, produce random sounds such as the sound of rain or the sounds of waves, thus eliminating the ‘hearing’ of sounds which are common to this condition.
  3. Medications: Certain medications such as alprazolam and nortriptyline can help reduce the severity of the symptoms.
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Tinnitus - Understanding The Signs Of It!

MBBS, MS - ENT
ENT Specialist, Mumbai
Tinnitus - Understanding The Signs Of It!

Tinnitus is a specific kind of ear disease that can occur in patients of all age groups. This is basically an ear disorder where the patient suffers from buzzing, clicking, swishing or any other kinds of noises in the ears. These noises generally seem to originate from the inside of the head or ears and not from any kind of outside source. What one needs to realise is that tinnitus can be a symptom of many other diseases as well such as an ear infection or an ear trauma of some kind. It can also lead to intense hearing problems or Meniere’s disease, brain tumours, pregnancy or even anaemia.

Symptoms of tinnitus

  • The most basic symptoms of tinnitus are the problem in hearing that one has to face due to hearing different sounds in the ear. This, in turn, leads to extreme dizziness. As tinnitus may lead to many other problems, it should primarily be diagnosed by a doctor so as to not let the matter intensify.
  • Patients with subjective tinnitus exhibit the symptoms of hearing particular and peculiar sounds which no one else can hear.
  • The sounds produced in the ears generally follows the rhythm of the heartbeat. In case of objective tinnitus, the doctor who is examining the patient might in certain cases hear the sounds that the patient is hearing while examining them from close quarters.

Causes of tinnitus
Tinnitus is caused by various other diseases. And each of these cases has a different treatment as per various diagnoses. If tinnitus is caused by trauma, then it usually observed in both the ears simultaneously as both the ears get affected by similar kinds of hearing problems and subsequently have to be treated with similar medications.

  • On another case, tinnitus can also be caused, by chance with an increase in age. The cochlea is no longer able to send signals to the brain properly then, in that case, the brain gets easily confused with the information that it gets and in turn, it is not able to do its work properly.
  • Tinnitus can also be caused due to exposure to certain kinds of medication and drugs for a long period of time by the patient. Certain antibiotics and quinine has extremely adverse effects on one’s hearing system which may in turn lead to tinnitus as the patient might be allergic to these medicines.
  • In other cases, constant exposure to very loud music could be a cause for tinnitus. This is a reason why a majority of young adults have been affected by tinnitus.
  • Acoustic neuroma is also a major cause of tinnitus.

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Tinnitus: Ringing In The Ears And What To Do About It

MBBS, Diploma In Otorhinolaryngology (DLO), DNB (ENT)
ENT Specialist, Delhi
Tinnitus: Ringing In The Ears And What To Do About It

Tinnitus is a disorder which is characterized by a constant perception of a ringing noise in the ears. This is not the condition in itself, rather it signals some other underlying condition such as an ear injury or age related hearing loss. It is not a serious condition, although the symptoms can worsen with age. If you are affected by this disorder, you might experience or ‘hear’ a constant ringing sensation in the ears, even if there are no external sources of noise. These sounds could range from being a buzzing, ringing, to a hissing sound. This condition has mighty chances of interfering with your daily routine.

It is classified into two types:

  1. Objective tinnitus: This disorder is caused by muscle contractions or a blood vessel problem.
  2. Subjective tinnitus: The more commonly occurring type, it is caused by damage to the auditory nerves or regions of the brain that interpret sound.

The causes of this disorder are:

  1. Exposure to loud noise: If you are exposed to loud noises such as the ones emanating from firearms or heavy machinery over a prolonged period, it can lead to tinnitus.
  2. Aging: Aging can cause progressive loss of hearing, thus triggering tinnitus.
  3. Blockage of the ear: There is earwax present in the ears, the function of which is to trap dirt and bacteria. Excessive earwax accumulation leads to loss of hearing, resulting in tinnitus.
  4. Modifications of the ear bone: Any stiffening of the middle bone in the ear could impair your hearing and result in this condition.

Certain factors such as smoking, age, sex (men are prone to this disorder) and heart related disorders increase the risks of being affected by this condition.

Treatment
The treatment of this condition begins with the identification of the underlying condition, if any. The various treatment options are –

  1. Removal of earwax: Excess earwax has gotten rid of which can relieve symptoms of tinnitus.
  2. Suppression of noise: Certain machines, known as white noise machines, produce random sounds such as the sound of rain or the sounds of waves, thus eliminating the ‘hearing’ of sounds which are common to this condition.
  3. Medications: Certain medications such as alprazolam and nortriptyline can help reduce the severity of the symptoms.
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