Ringing in the ear, or tinnitus, is a widespread condition that affects an estimated 50 million Americans. Some people describe the symptoms of tinnitus as a hissing, roaring, whooshing, or buzzing sound instead of ringing.
The symptoms of tinnitus can also be coupled with other issues such as balance problems or dizziness. The ringing in one's ears may be sporadic or constant, it may only affect one ear, and is a symptom of an underlying condition rather than a disease itself.
There are many factors that can cause tinnitus which is why it is important to speak with a tinnitus doctor near you if you are suffering from ringing in your ears. Here at the Houston Hearing Center, our tinnitus specialists have helped many patients deal with tinnitus symptoms and helped them get rid of their tinnitus. Contact our office to set up your consultation with a tinnitus specialist near you in Houston.
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What Are the Causes of Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is categorized as being either pulsatile or non-pulsatile.
People who suffer from pulsatile tinnitus report hearing the sound of their own pulse. This type of tinnitus sound is caused by abnormal blood flow within the arteries of the neck or inside the ear, and is fairly rare. Possible causes for this type of tinnitus include:
- Fluid in the middle ear.
- Ear infections.
- High blood pressure.
- Head and neck tumors.
- Blocked arteries.
Non-pulsatile tinnitus – ringing in the ears not accompanied by any type of rhythm – is considerably more common. This type of tinnitus can be caused by a variety of conditions including:
- Presbycusis (age-related hearing loss).
- Noise exposure.
- Impacted earwax.
- Otosclerosis (stiffening of the bones in the middle ear).
- Meniere’s disease.
- TMJ disorders.
- Ototoxic medications.
- Thyroid conditions.
- Head or neck trauma.
- Acoustic neuromas.
Tinnitus is also classified as being either subjective (heard only by the patient) or objective (ringing can be heard by an impartial observer, such as a doctor). Most cases of tinnitus are subjective in nature.
How Is Tinnitus Treated?
Tinnitus treatment can vary from patient to patient. There are many reasons that tinnitus may present itself, which makes it difficult to pinpoint the exact cause. Regardless of the cause of your tinnitus, there are very effective and proven therapies for lessening or even eliminating tinnitus from your life. When you come to see a tinnitus doctor in Houston near you for tinnitus treatment they will evaluate your specific situation and come up with a treatment plan using specific tinnitus therapies and certain devices designed specifically for the purpose of curing your tinnitus.
Our hearing healthcare professionals are expertly trained in helping patients choose the best tinnitus treatment options.
Call Houston Hearing Center at 281-649-7215 for more information or to schedule an appointment.