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A 41-year-old member asked:

i think i have tinnitus right now. what should i do?

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Dr. Michele Richards
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 24 years experience
Obtain audiogram: To assess for the causes of tinnitus, you need to see an otolaryngologist and have an audiogram performed.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Can tinnitus drive you crazy?

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Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: In a small number of people, the inability to adapt to tinnitus can drive them "crazy." tinnitus retraining therapy can be helpful in those situations.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to get tinnitus at age 16?

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Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Chronic - no: Most people will develop intermittent tinnitus, and many notice it even as teenagers. Chronic persistent tinnitus at this age is uncommon.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Is it ok to listen to loud music when I have tinnitus, or will it make it worse?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
No: Bad idea, loud music will make worse and may cause permanent hearing loss. Listen at a reasonable level, loud enough that the music masks or covers the perception of tinnitus so you notice it less or don't notice the tinnitus at all, but not so loud that someone has to yell to get your attention. Listening at this level is a great way (one of the best) to deal with chronic tinnitus.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

How does tinnitus occur and what could be done to lessen the symptoms and end it altogether?

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Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
No short answer: An explanation of the cause of tinnitus is long and drawn and outside the parameters of this space. Basically tinnitus is a flow noise or an electrical noise in or around the ear that has been "unmasked." unfortunately there is nothing currently available to "end it altogether." there are an assortment of natural, alerternative and medical remedies that could bring some relief.
A 27-year-old member asked:

What is the latest treatment for tinnitus and how effective is it?

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Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
?: I am not aware of any "latest treatment" for tinnitus. It is a very difficult disorder to deal with because we don't have any definitive treatments. There are an assortment of natural, alternative and medical remedies available that could help bring some relief. Tinnitus retraining therapy as been shown to be a very effective program for the management of that irritating sound in the ears.

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