If you hear ringing even when there’s no noise at all, you could be suffering from tinnitus. This common issue affects up to 20% of all men and women today, and for many sufferers, it’s distracting and frustrating enough to affect your quality of life. The team of expert ENT doctors at Specialty Physician Associates in Bethlehem, Allentown, Quakertown, and Wind Gap, Pennsylvania, can help you overcome tinnitus so you can put that ringing behind you. Use the online scheduler or call the office closest to you to book now.
Tinnitus means that you hear ringing or other persistent noises. Tinnitus is a symptom rather than a condition of its own. If you suffer from tinnitus, you might hear very intrusive noise, very soft noise, or anything in between.
Tinnitus is usually sporadic but it can be continuous. Tinnitus is categorized in two general ways: subjective and objective.
Regardless of what kind of tinnitus you have, your Specialty Physician Associates doctor can diagnose the problem and prescribe effective treatment.
If you hear noise when there's no noise in your environment, it could be tinnitus. While ringing is the most common noise heard, others include:
You might experience the noise in only one ear, but it's usually in both ears.
Because tinnitus is a symptom itself, your Specialty Physician Associates doctor works to uncover its root cause. For example, if you have sinusitis, the resultant middle ear pressure could trigger tinnitus. By treating the sinusitis, the tinnitus stops.
Treatment can include many different things, depending on the cause and your symptoms:
Although there’s no FDA-approved tinnitus medication yet, depression and anxiety medications appear to help in some cases.
The Specialty Physician Associates team can help you hear without all that background noise, so book your appointment online or by calling the office nearest you today.