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Could Your Tinnitus Be a Sign of a Bigger Medical Problem?

Many patients suffer through ringing or buzzing noises day in and day out. Some are even aware that tinnitus is treatable, but are putting off seeing a doctor because while the condition is annoying, it isn’t serious.

They’re wrong. Unfortunately, trying to live with the irritation of tinnitus could actually be hazardous to your health.

The majority of cases of tinnitus are caused by degeneration or changes in the ear canal, and do not result from acute medical problems. However, patients with any of the following symptoms should see a doctor about their tinnitus:

  • Sudden onset. If your tinnitus showed up suddenly or you noticed it after an illness or injury, your doctor may recommend a computerized tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test to rule out brain injury.
  • One-sided. Tinnitus that is only heard on one side is common in patients with hearing loss, but can also be caused by a tumor or fluid buildup in the ear canal. Sudden tinnitus or hearing loss on one side may be reversible with medication or other medical intervention.
  • Pulsatile. Tinnitus that is heard in rhythm with your heartbeat (pulsatile) can be the result of high blood pressure, diabetes, or even an aneurysm.
  • Personality changes. If you experience tinnitus along with changes in your mood or behavior, speaking issue, or difficulty walking, you should seek emergency treatment to rule out the possibility of a stroke.

We Can Discover the Cause and Treatment for Your Tinnitus

Patients who hear a persistent buzzing or ringing in the ears should undergo a complete hearing test (called an audiogram) to determine the cause and extent of the condition. In many cases, tinnitus can be successfully treated with hearing aids and sound masking devices, helping patients to sleep better and concentrate during waking hours. To make an appointment for a hearing test today, call our toll-free number—(888) 262-2613—to visit the Sound Advice Hearing Aid Center nearest you.

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