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I Think I Have Tinnitus What Percentage Of The People Have It
What percentage of people never get free from tinnitus? Is it more than 40? If the underlying condition is diagnosed, will my tinnitus go away?
Tinnitus: The most important thing is to r/o Carotid Artery disease, tumor in ear canal and CP angel, trauma to ear and infection, Tinnitus is usually benign and it could go away by itself but sometimes it's just due to age related hearing loss and gets worse with aging. Treating underline disease could make it better, also there are devices which could help and also medications are available. See and ENT ...Read more
Loss of balance on left side bad. Stagger wgeb i walk sometimes. I do humira (adalimumab) shots could that be it? Or i think I have tinnitus?
Need a neuro eval: Being off balance can have many causes and you mentioned two of them- ear problems and medications. Humira (adalimumab) is unique in that it has been reported to cause demyelination in the brain which can look like and act like multiple sclerosis. A MRI of the brain will resolve that issue. If the balance disturbance is coming from the ear then there may be concomitant hearing loss and/or tinnitus. Be well. ...Read more
Problems inner ear: Tinnitus is located usually within the inner ear auditory apparatus, but referred sounds could be due to extra cranial vasculature stenosis, or even transmitted cardiac sounds. Rarely, arteriovascular malformations cause tinnitus-like issues, and hyperthyroidism may cause venous hums. ...Read more
Usually no cure: Tinnitus is usually, but not always associated with hearing loss. I've had it for over twenty years - likely related to noise trauma while in he army. There are some over the counter remedies i usually recommend, especially for new onset tinnitus. I usually recommend arches tinnitus relief... If it doesn't offer a relief in a month.. Don't waste your money. At a minimum i would see your local ent. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
Several: Tinnitus can be temporary, like from an ear infection, or permanent as from noise exposure, or Meniere's disease, tumors, and many other things. There is even a study which shows that environmental air pollution (including that in the home from fragrances, heating and cooking oil, deodorizers, etc.) can cause tinnitus. See this page: http://www.entnet.org/content/tinnitus ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hearing test: Tinnitus, especially when constant, is often the first indicator of hearing loss. If you have persistent tinnitus, first get your hearing tested. If you have significant hearing loss and are a candidate for a hearing aid, you may find the tinnitus becomes less noticeable. Asymmetric hearing loss and tinnitus warrant further investigation. Sleep disruptive tinnitus can be treated w/medications. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Rarely: The goal of all tinnitus treatment is to have it become a neutral sound. The brain does not pay attention to stimuli that are felt to be unimportant. Most tinnitus patients spend the majority of their lives "not hearing it." for these patients tinnitus is only occasionally annoying. A few patients are so consumed by the sound that they spend huge energy obsessing about it - they do very poorly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tinnitus: There is no cure for tinnitus--a sense of ringing or pulsing in the ear, which is often most bothersome at night. The standard approach to management has been to use a sound "masking" device, which basically just makes a low level kind of "white noise" that distracts you from the sound in your ear. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Various: An evaluation needs to be done to ascertain the cause of the tinnitus. In most cases, the tinnitus is related to hearing loss. If the hearing loss can't be cured, then treatment revolves around using some other source of sound to cover over the tinnitus. Hearing aids can help in those who need them for hearing loss too. There are other treatments offered that may or may not help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Noises in the head: Tinnitus is any abnormal sound that you hear that is not coming from your surroundings. The exact cause is not known but is thought to be related to abnormal discharge from the cells of the inner ear. It is usually, but not always, associated with hearing loss. By itself, it is rarely an indication of anything serious. It should always be evaluated with a hearing test. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variety of things: Depending on the severity of the tinnitus, there are things that can be done to make it better. Sometimes just knowing that there is nothing dangerous causing it is helpful. The goal of all tinnitus treatment is to make the sound neutral. In advanced cases devices can be worn that act to desensitize the brain. In simple cases white noise, like a fan can help. Medicines like valium can also help. ...Read more
Unknown: The auditory input such as music is processed by 2 perceptual mechanisms a) the one for individual sound and b) the perception of the pattern formed by the sound. Continuous bombardment may disrupt this hierarchical processing which in turn generates spontanous formation of sounds such as tinnitus. Or there may be an end-organ reverberation with echoes and noises of different frequencies. ...Read more
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