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 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 and an evaluation with the ENT doctor to provide the best recommendation.
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. 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.
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 recommend tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT), hearing aids, medications, cognitive behavioral therapy, 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!