Tinnitus Treatment in McLean
A condition that causes internal ringing or other unusual noises within your ear(s) that only you can hear, tinnitus can not only be uncomfortable, but it can also interfere with your hearing of external sounds.
Sometimes, the ringing is all you can hear, which can be dangerous in the event of an emergency.
Tinnitus symptoms may be constant, or they can come and go. Not only does tinnitus cause a ringing in your ear(s) that’s not really present, it can also cause other irritating internal noises that may range from low to high pitch, including:
- Buzzing / humming
It’s unsure what the cause of tinnitus is, but there are certain medical conditions that may contribute to or worsen it, such as ear infections, Meniere’s disease, TMJ disorders, acoustic neuromas, and head or neck injuries.
Certain medications that can cause tinnitus include cancer drugs, antidepressants, diuretics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), antimalarials, and some antibiotics. Also, tinnitus may be a sign of hearing loss, which can also cause the condition.
Treatment for tinnitus is dependent upon the cause and should be sought if you experience persistent symptoms for more than one week, if your condition is accompanied by dizziness, nauseousness, discharge from the ear, or if your tinnitus is in rhythm with your pulse.
Your ear, nose, and throat specialist, or ENT doctor, may use tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT), hearing aids, medications, masking devices, or other methods to help eliminate the sound of ringing in your ears. Talk to your ENT about tinnitus to see what the best treatment is for you.
If tinnitus affects your quality of living, it’s time to seek care. Turn to the experts at ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery for relief! Call us today at 703-448-0005 or request an appointment online to learn more about how we can help you eliminate the ringing and hear clearly again!
Question: What is tinnitus and how prevalent is it?
Answer: Tinnitus can be described as ringing, buzzing, humming, hissing, chirping, whistling, roaring sensation in the ear. 10% – 15% of the adult population has continued tinnitus. If you are experiencing tinnitus, a medical evaluation can determine if there is a treatable cause. Your visit should include a comprehensive evaluation with an audiologist. Dr. Pinky Khatri who perform tinnitus evaluations at our practice will provide treatment options after your evaluation.
Question: What causes tinnitus?
Answer: While there are a number of causes for tinnitus, the most common cause is damage to the endings of the inner ear hearing nerves. Another common cause is exposure to excessively loud noise. In some cases overuse of aspirin has been associated to tinnitus. Very rarely, tinnitus is a symptom of a brain tumor or brain aneurysm.
Question: How is tinnitus treated?
Answer: After an evaluation, your doctor will try to identify the cause and make recommendations. At times, medications can be recommended and at times, the symptoms go away on its own without resorting to medication. However, some strategies may be discussed with your audiologist. Currently, Niacin and gabapentin (Neurontin, Gabarone) are used at times. However, a new study overseas is looking at acamprosate (Campral) which is a drug used to treat alcoholism. This drug has not been approved for use in the United States, but FDA is currently doing a study.
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