Between 15-20% of Americans experience tinnitus — perceived ringing or buzzing in their ears. If you have tinnitus, the experienced board-certified doctors at Beach Cities ENTS in Torrance, California, offer expert diagnosis and treatment to manage your symptoms. Call the Los Angeles area office or schedule a consultation online today to find out what’s causing your tinnitus and get specialist treatment.
Tinnitus is the name for hearing ringing or buzzing sounds that other people don’t hear. It’s not a condition in itself, but a symptom of other issues like hearing loss. Tinnitus can cause a variety of phantom noises, including:
Tinnitus might come and go, and it can vary in volume. It can range from barely perceptible to a full-blown roar that disrupts your ability to hear external sounds or concentrate.
A variety of factors can contribute to tinnitus. For example, you might develop tinnitus if the tiny hairs in your inner ear are damaged or as a side effect of age-related hearing loss. Prolonged exposure to loud noise produced by heavy machinery, firearms, or even listening to music too loudly can also cause tinnitus and long-term hearing damage. Additionally, if you have too much wax in your ears, you might develop tinnitus if the wax irritates your eardrum.
Health conditions like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems, head and neck injuries, or eustachian tube dysfunction can also cause tinnitus. Circulatory problems like atherosclerosis and high blood pressure can also cause tinnitus, although this is less common.
Make an appointment at Beach Cities ENTS to talk about tinnitus if your symptoms bother you. Additionally, if you develop tinnitus after an upper respiratory infection or if your tinnitus emerges suddenly and dizziness or hearing loss accompanies it, you should talk to one of the experienced doctors.
Your doctor at Beach Cities ENTS begins with a comprehensive exam to identify the cause of your tinnitus.
They provide a hearing test as well as movement tests like clenching your jaw or turning your head, which can help identify the underlying cause. In some cases, your doctor might order an imaging test like a CT scan or MRI.
Then, depending on the treatment causing the ringing in your ears, your doctor provides treatment. Some of the conventional approaches to tinnitus include ear wax removal, changing your medication for another health condition, or recommending noise suppression like white noise machines.
If you’re bothered by tinnitus, call Beach Cities ENTS or make an appointment online today.