Tinnitus

Doctor,
   I’ve seen some ads for drops and pills claiming to reduce or stop ringing in the ears.  Do these work?

AdobeStock 106042822Have you ever heard a sound in your ear that does not appear to be coming from any particular source? Sounds such as chirping, ringing, buzzing, squeaking, crackling or a variety of others? This sound is referred to as “tinnitus,” which is the perception of a sound with no external source. More than 50 million people in the United States experience this sensation at some point in their lives, making it one of the most common medical conditions in the country.

This auditory perception is not a psychological condition; in fact, it is present in multiple medical conditions. Frequently, tinnitus is present when a patient is experiencing some type of hearing loss. However, there are multiple types of tinnitus and different categories of hearing loss. It is prudent for a trained medical professional to appropriately test and analyze results as well as perform a proper physical examination so that the correct therapy can be applied.

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