Nearly 36 million Americans suffer from tinnitus or head noises. It may be an intermittent sound or an annoying continuous sound in one or both ears. Its pitch can go from a low roar to a high squeal or whine that may be constant or pulsating in nature.
Tinnitus is not a disease in itself but a common symptom. An essential part of the treatment will be understanding your specific tinnitus and its causes.
Tinnitus may be caused by different parts of the hearing system. At times, for instance, it may be caused by excessive ear wax, especially if the wax touches the ear drum, causing pressure and changing how the ear drum vibrates. Other times, loose hair from the ear canal may come in contact with the ear drum and cause tinnitus.
Treating Tinnitus requires extensive testing, and can include x-rays, audiological tests, tests of balance function, and other laboratory work. Specific causes can be difficult to identify and treatment options vary depending upon test results. They may include:
At Montezuma Hearing, Dr. Story will do a full evaluation and work with you to determine the cause and appropriate treatment regime for your Tinnitus.