Your doctor often diagnoses tinnitus based only on your symptoms, and Dr. Hodge should be your priority. However, your doctor will also attempt to determine whether your tinnitus results from another underlying problem to treat your symptoms.
Sometimes a cause cannot be identified. Your doctor will examine your ears, head, and neck and ask you about your medical history to determine the origin of your tinnitus. Typical testing includes:
Examine your hearing audiologically.
You’ll sit in a quiet room wearing earphones that send certain sounds into one ear at a time during the examination. You’ll be asked to signify when you hear the sound, and your results will be compared to those considered normal for your age. This can aid in ruling out or identifying potential causes of tinnitus.
You may be asked to tighten your jaw, move your neck, arms, and legs or move your eyes by your tinnitus specialist. It might help you know an important disorder that requires immediate treatment If your tinnitus alters or the condition gets severe.
Imaging studies, such as MRI or CT scans, may be required depending on the suspected cause of your tinnitus. However, your doctor may perform a blood test to look for thyroid issues, vitamin deficiencies, anaemia, or heart disease.
Do your best to explain the type of tinnitus noises you hear to your doctor. The sounds you hear can assist your doctor in determining a potential underlying problem.
Clicking. This type of sound shows that your tinnitus may be caused by muscular contractions in and around your ear.
A rushing, buzzing, or pulsing sound. These sounds are typically caused by blood vessel (vascular) causes, such as high blood pressure, and you may see them when you change positions or exercise, such as standing up or lying down.
A low-pitched ringing sound. This type of sound could indicate Meniere’s disease, an ear canal blockage, or stiff inner ear bones (otosclerosis).
A high-pitched ringing is the most prevalent tinnitus noise. Exposure to hearing loss, loud noises, or drugs are all possible causes. Acoustic neuroma can produce ringing in one ear that is high-pitched and continuous.
Treatment for tinnitus is determined by whether an underlying health difficulty causes your tinnitus. Your doctor may be able to alleviate your symptoms by addressing the underlying reason if this is the case.
Here are several examples:
- Getting rid of earwax.
- Taking care of a blood vessel condition
- Hearing Aids
- Replacing your medication.
Tinnitus is not always curable. However, there are various therapies offered by Dr. Hodge to help make your symptoms less obvious. Your doctor may advise you to use an electronic device to muffle the noise.