Tinnitus is a common condition that affects nearly 1 in 5 people. Tinnitus is characterized as noise or ringing in the ears that results from an underlying condition such as an ear injury or issue with the circulatory system. It is also a common symptom of age-related hearing loss. Although tinnitus can be frustrating for patients, it is not a sign of something serious and can improve with the right treatment. If you are experiencing difficulties with tinnitus, the audiologists at Ogden Clinic in Utah can diagnose your symptoms and prescribe an appropriate treatment.
Some of the ways patients describe their tinnitus noise include:
To diagnose the cause of your tinnitus, your doctor may perform one of the following tests:
During this test your doctor may ask you to move your arms, neck and jaw, legs, and eyes. As you make these movements, you will need to let your doctor know if the tinnitus gets worse or changes in any way. This can help the doctor identify an underlying problem.
For a hearing test, your doctor will ask you to put on headphones and sit in a soundproof room. The headphones will play sounds in each ear, and you will be asked to indicate when you hear each sound. The doctor will then compare your results with those considered normal for someone your age. This will allow the doctor to identify or rule out possible causes of your tinnitus.
If your doctor suspects a neurological cause of your tinnitus, you may undergo imaging tests like a CT or MRI scan.
Depending on the cause of your tinnitus symptoms, your Ogden Clinic audiologist will recommend various treatments to help reduce the noise in your ears and help you sleep better. This can include removing earwax, changing medications which are causing tinnitus symptoms, using white noise machines at night, and wearing hearing aids.
If you have ringing or buzzing in your ear, you may have a condition known as tinnitus. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with an Ogden Clinic audiologist in Utah if you are concerned about your tinnitus symptoms.