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The American Tinnitus Association describes tinnitus as being the presence of sound resonating from one ear, both ears, or inside the head despite no sound being present externally. Tinnitus is not classified as being a symptom of any pre-existing condition, or even the result of aging, or ear injury. Otherwise defined; tinnitus is a ringing in the ears that no one but you can hear, also called “subjective tinnitus.” It is a neurological and audiological ailment that impacts as many as 50 million Americans. There are many other conditions related to tinnitus. Sometimes patients can even experience “objective tinnitus,” where a doctor may also be able to hear what the patient is experiencing through means of a stethoscope.

Symptoms of Tinnitus May Include Hearing the Following Noises

  • Ringing
  • Roaring
  • Buzzing
  • Clicking
  • Humming
  • Hissing

Possible Contributing Factors to Tinnitus

  • High blood pressure
  • An under-active thyroid
  • An ear infection, or drainage from the ear
  • Dizziness, or Meniere’s disease
  • Head and neck trauma
  • TMJ
  • Sinus trauma
  • Other neurological problems

Seeking Treatment

Now that you know a bit about the foundation of tinnitus, you are probably wondering; what can I do if I am experiencing any of these symptoms? Well, there are a couple of options for you. There is currently no one step approach to curing tinnitus. This however doesn’t mean that there is no way for those experiencing symptoms to find relief.

If your tinnitus is caused by an underlying medical condition, our goal is to diagnose and treat that condition first. If the patient still experiences ongoing tinnitus after treatment, we recommend various non-medical options that can help reduce or mask the unwanted noise. In some cases, but not all, tinnitus resolves on its own spontaneously. However, it should be understood that not all types of tinnitus can be reduced or eliminated despite the cause.

Some patients may also benefit most from medication or alternate options. There are quite a few routes when it comes to treating this ailment, but to find the best option for yourself, scheduling a consultation is the best way to ensure you are getting the help you need.

Dr. Milestone has experience with finding the cause of tinnitus, and aiding patients in the best possible way. With the knowledge to work around common causes of tinnitus and more complicated forms. No matter the cause of these issues; The Migraine Center of NJ is here to serve you.

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