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If you hear a ringing or buzzing in your ears but no external noise is present, it’s possible that you have tinnitus. It’s important to note that tinnitus is not a condition itself but rather a symptom of an underlying health issue. Discover the symptoms and causes of this condition:

Tinnitus Symptoms

The most common symptoms of tinnitus include phantom sounds such as ringing, buzzing, hissing, or clicking. (Phantom sounds refer to noises that you can hear but are not deriving from an external factor.)

Mistakenly, many people believe that if you have tinnitus, the ringing or buzzing within your ear never stops. But, it’s common for people experience the symptoms of tinnitus periodically. Whether you have subjective or objective tinnitus – an ENT doctor can help you find relief.

Tinnitus Causes

Causes of tinnitus can range from age-related hearing loss to a blood vessel disorder. It’s extremely important to contact a physician after tinnitus surfaces so the underlying condition can be treated immediately. The following are several causes of tinnitus:

  • Blood vessel disorder
  • Tumor
  • Medication
  • Head injuries
  • Abnormal ear bone growth
  • Excessive earwax
  • Exposure to loud noises
  • Hearing loss

Tinnitus Treatments

Did you know that roughly 20% of the population deals with tinnitus? Fortunately, there are treatments to help eliminate or lessen the symptoms of tinnitus. First, your doctor will run several tests to determine what underlying health issue is causing tinnitus to flare. Then, your doctor will take appropriate steps to treat the health issue and tinnitus. Many people have found relief from the ringing or buzzing in their ears after changing their medication, removing excess earwax, addressing a vascular condition.

Our doctors have extensive experience diagnosing and treating underlying conditions linked to tinnitus. If you’re suffering with this frustrating condition, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment for possible.