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Please share an interesting fact about dealing with tinnitus.

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Dr. Jay Shapiro answered

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Ignore: The soft electronic sounds generated by many hearing aids can reduce certain kinds of tinnitus.

Answered 12/5/2016

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Ignore: It can be drug-related if you have to much aspirin.

Answered 4/22/2014

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Ignore: It is not an easy condition to treat.

Answered 4/22/2014

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Dr. Bernstein Joel answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Ignore: Masking devices are available and can be obtained by a licensed audiologist who deals with tinnitus.

Answered 11/2/2017

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Dr. Kathleen Gilmore answered

Specializes in Urgent Care

Ignore: It is known as a phantom symptom in individuals who have lost hearing similar to an amputee.

Answered 5/9/2014

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Dr. Bernstein Joel answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

There: There is no medication that relieves tinnitus. It is a phantom limb concept. Masking can relieveit.

Answered 5/30/2014

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Dr. Louis Cooper answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Ignore: Tinnitus can be masked with certain low-pitched sounds, as oceans (oxymetazoline) and wave sounds or the shower.

Answered 6/2/2014

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Dr. Anifat Balogun answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Ignore: You can improve tinnitus by reducing salt, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine and sugars in your diet.

Answered 6/15/2014

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Dr. Christopher Schmidt answered

Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery

Ignore: There's lots of OTC meds out there claiming to fix this...none have been proven in trials to work.

Answered 6/29/2014

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Dr. Evan Altman answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Exposure: Exposure to loud noise can be an important cause of tinnitus.

Answered 7/3/2014

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Dr. Evan Altman answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Tinnitus: Tinnitus is ringing or noise in ear(s). It is often high pitched & can be constant or come and go.

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. Evan Altman answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Although: Although bothersome, tinnitus is usually not a seriously dangerous condition for your health.

Answered 7/3/2014

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Dr. Evan Altman answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Sometimes: Sometimes treating an underlying cause eliminates the occurrence of tinnitus.

Answered 7/3/2014

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Dr. Evan Altman answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Tinnitus: Tinnitus can be subjective (only you hear it) or objective (your doctor hears it on exam).

Answered 7/3/2014

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Dr. Evan Altman answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Subjective: Subjective tinnitus (only you hear the noise) is by far more common than objective tinnitus.

Answered 7/3/2014

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Dr. Evan Altman answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

A: A common cause of tinnitus is inner ear cell damage.

Answered 7/3/2014

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Dr. Evan Altman answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Sensitive: Sensitive hairs in inner ear pick up sound; if they are damaged/bent this can cause tinnitus.

Answered 7/3/2014

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Dr. Evan Altman answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Ear: Ear wax blockage can be a reversible cause of tinnitus. It goes away once the passage is cleared.

Answered 7/30/2014

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Dr. Evan Altman answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Ear: Ear bone changes, such as otosclerosis, can lead to tinnitus.

Answered 7/3/2014

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Dr. Evan Altman answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Presbycusis,: Presbycusis, or age-related hearing loss, can be associated with tinnitus. Usually > 60 years old.

Answered 7/3/2014

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Dr. Evan Altman answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Temporomandibular: Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disease can be associated with tinnitus.

Answered 7/3/2014

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Dr. Evan Altman answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Certain: Certain medications can cause tinnitus. Check the packaging and talk with your doctor.

Answered 7/3/2014

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Dr. Evan Altman answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Medication: Medication known to cause or worsen tinnitus include: aspirin, antibiotics, diuretics, cancer meds.

Answered 7/3/2014

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Dr. Evan Altman answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Blood: Blood vessel disorders, such as athersclerosis, are linked to tinnitus.

Answered 7/3/2014

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Dr. Evan Altman answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Age: Age (being older) and gender (being male) are both risk factors for having tinnitus.

Answered 7/3/2014

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Dr. David Astrachan answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Ignore: The goal for treating tinnitus is not to make the sound go away, it's to make the sound neutral.

Answered 6/16/2021

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Dr. William Culviner answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Ignore: If you can learn to get comfortable with the annoying sound, you will notice it much less in time.

Answered 1/18/2015

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Dr. Franklyn Gergits answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Ignore: Consider Lipoflavinoids. It may take weeks to notice a difference. If improved, continue, enjoy.

Answered 6/19/2015

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Dr. Eric Weisman answered

Specializes in Neurology

Ignore: Pulsating tinnitus that occurs with reclining may be due to pseudo tumor cerebri.

Answered 5/3/2016

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