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It’s a ringing, buzzing or hissing sound that seems to be coming from inside your head. This is how people with tinnitus describe the sounds or “noise” they are hearing. It can be irritating, but it’s not usually serious.
Tinnitus is a symptom of another condition like age-related hearing loss, an ear injury or ear disorder. Other potential causes include:
Tinnitus is a common issue, affecting one out of every five people. Men in particular and those over 40 tend to experience tinnitus more often.
Your ENT specialist will likely be able to diagnose your tinnitus by asking a few simple questions such as:
Additionally, an examination of your hears as well as a hearing test may be performed. Generally, the majority of tinnitus cases will go away on their own and won’t require any additional treatment. Although tinnitus will go away you may be able to reduce your symptoms by doing the following:
There are steps you can take to help prevent ringing in your ears, including:
If you have tinnitus that is impacting your quality of life, talk to your Mercy doctor. We want to help you get back to hearing the world around you with comfort and clarity.
At Mercy, we offer compassionate care for a variety of treatment services, including: