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Dr. William Culviner
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Tinnitus (Overview)

A persistent noise in your ear or ears. Tinnitus can be of unknown cause, or can be caused by hearing damage, tumors, problems in the brain or hearing nerve, or drug side effects.


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How do I cure tinnitus?

How do I cure tinnitus?

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 more

Dr. William Culviner
697 Doctors shared insights

Tinnitus (Overview)

A persistent noise in your ear or ears. Tinnitus can be of unknown cause, or can be caused by hearing damage, tumors, problems in the brain or hearing nerve, or drug side effects.


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

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

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. ...Read more

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How to treat anxiety symptoms (tinnitus, constant lightheaded) that caused by to many drinking caffeine? How to check if I'm overdose? Blood test?

How to treat anxiety symptoms (tinnitus, constant lightheaded) that caused by to many drinking caffeine? How to check if I'm overdose? Blood test?

Taper off caffeine: There's no blood test (that I'm aware of) for caffeine, and the best thing to do for chronic overdose is to gradually decrease your use over a number of days or weeks. (if you stop all at once, you may get bad headaches or other withdrawal symptoms.) decreasing the caffeine is the only "treatment" that makes sense. If your symptoms persist without caffeine, see a doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Lots of yrs no diagnosis, don't drink or smoke. I have svt, migraines, tinnitus, hypertension, severe anemia, & low liver enzymes. What's wrong w me?

Lots of yrs no diagnosis, don't drink or smoke. I have svt, migraines, tinnitus, hypertension, severe anemia, & low liver enzymes. What's wrong w me?

SVT is curable.: There are many causes of svt including conditions like av node reentry and an accessory pathway. These two conditions can be cured with catheter ablation. I would suggest that you be evaluated by an electrophysiologist for your svt which should be treatable. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I'm having tinnitus & pressure on the forehead for more than 3 months now. Did a dozen tests, no causes. It gets much worse when I talk and laugh. : (?

I'm having tinnitus & pressure on the forehead for more than 3 months now. Did a dozen tests, no causes. It gets much worse when I talk and laugh. : (?

Tinnitus & pressure: If you have had all the necessary medical tests and they were all negative, then check with your dentist.
Your symptoms could be from TMJ dysfunction caused by bruxism (chronic teeth grinding and/or clenching). ...Read more

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How to know if I have tinnitus?

Ringing: tinnitus usually manifests as ringing in the ears ...Read more

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What causes tinnitus that develops over decades?

What causes tinnitus that develops over decades?

Usually hearing loss: Tinnitus is usually caused by dysfunction of the hair cells in the inner ear. Usually there is some hearing loss at the same time. The tinnitus is a symptom that the hair cells are not functioning properly. If the hearing loss is greater in one ear than the other, you need to have it checked. ...Read more

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It's said that constant noise can contribute to heart disease. Does that mean tinnitus leads to heart disease?

It's said that constant noise can contribute to heart disease. Does that mean tinnitus leads to heart disease?

No.: Tinnitus does not lead to heart disease. However, a recent retrospective trial showed that many people with chronic heart disease had tinnitus! And chronic noise itself does not cause heart disease. ...Read more

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Could untreated tinnitus become worse? But. If tinnitus is not curable, how do we treat it?

It could: You need to find the cause first. First and foremost: is it pulsatile? (does it correspond with your heart rate?). Also, is it on one side or both? There are some fundamental questions that need to be answered. The fact your ENT doc found nothing is a good start.
Some types of tinnitus are curable: the ones caused by vascular causes. ...Read more

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After I've treated my ear problems, will my tinnitus go away?

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After I've treated my ear problems, will my tinnitus go away?

It depends: Tinnitus from serous otitis media may resolved after treatment if there is no sensorineural hearing lost in that same ear. See an ENT doctor if tinnitus persists! ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for tinnitus?

What is the best treatment for tinnitus?

No treatment cure: Tinnitus may be the result of vascular disease, brain lesions and ear disease among others. The most common cause of tinnitus is hearing loss, so a hearing test is necessary. Treatment depends on the cause. Start with a general medical visit. Then see an otolaryngologist to make sure there are no other symptoms and get a hearing test. ...Read more

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Are there any proven successful treatments for tinnitus?

Perhaps: Some folks do well with an electronic "tinnitus masker", but others may benefit from some newer techniques that ENT docs are looking at. Best to phone local otolaryngologists, and see what can be offered. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of tinnitus? I have it for several months now and it bothers me mostly when I want to fall asleep. Is there any cure for this?

Often the cause of: Tinnitus is't discovered. However, would encourage ear/nose/throat assessment and audiometry. Evaluation might identify a modifiable cause. ...Read more

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Could a heart drug cause tinnitus?

Could a heart drug cause tinnitus?

Yes: Sdpirin is the one that most immediately comes to mind...Rare side effect but it can happen. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with cochlear hydrops a week ago and put on a water pill. Should I be feeling better by now? I still have the fullness and the tinnitus

No.: No. It would be rare but not unheard of to get relief this quickly. Typically it takes 4-6 weeks. The fullness and dizziness should get better (almost 70% of the time), but the tinnitus is the hardestthing to make better. ...Read more

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Body pain, headaches, hypersensitivity to light, sound, anxiety, hashimotos, pineal cyst, arrhythmia, tremor, headaches, fatigue, tinnitus.20mds. Nohelp?

Body pain, headaches, hypersensitivity to light, sound, anxiety, hashimotos, pineal cyst, arrhythmia, tremor, headaches, fatigue, tinnitus.20mds. Nohelp?

Wow!: That's a lot of things going on. 20 medications??? I would start all over - get a second opinion from a doctor who specializes in Integrative Medicine. You need to find a doctor who will work with you to decrease the # of medications! ...Read more

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Could I go to the club with earplugs or this would be a risk for my tinnitus to get worse?

Yes: Ear plugs when subjecting yourself to loud noise is protective to your ears. ...Read more

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How can I prevent pulsatile tinnitus?

How can I prevent pulsatile tinnitus?

Diagnosis: I do not think you can prevent it, but you need to obtain a diagnosis to determine if there is an abnormality of the carotid artery that lies adjacent to the cochlea (inner ear). ...Read more

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Does tinnitus tend to get worse over time? If so, is there anything to avoid to not make it worse?

Does tinnitus tend to get worse over time? If so, is there anything to avoid to not make it worse?

Varies: It can vary over time. Treating it depends on knowing the cause, for which a visit with an ENT doctor would be helpful. ...Read more

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What causes tinnitus?

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

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What causes tinnitus?

Aspirin: Aspirin is a frequent cause of ringing in the ears. Are you taking any?
If not, inner ear problems can be the cause as well.
Consult your doctor or an Ear Nose and Throat doctor as they specialize in this area if the tinnitus continues. ...Read more

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What leads to tinnitus?

What leads to tinnitus?

Multiple things: Hearing loss, noise trauma, age, certain medications, jaw problems to name a few. The goal of all tinnitus treatment is to make the sound neutral. In other words to accept the sound and not get upset about it. ...Read more

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What is d cause of tinnitus?

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 more

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What can you do for tinnitus?

What can you do for tinnitus?

Find the cause: Tinnitus may be due to some other problems such as otosclerosis (abnormal bone growth in middle ear), acoustic neuroma, natural hearing impairment due to aging, ear infection, foreign body in the ear etc... ...Read more

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Can tinnitus drive you crazy?

Can tinnitus drive you crazy?

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 more

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What can ne done for tinnitus?

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 more

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What can I do to stop tinnitus?

What can I do to stop tinnitus?

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 more

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How loud do tinnitus could be?

Very loud: It can be very very loud, but that only happens in rare instances. ...Read more

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How to know if I have tinnitus?

Ringing: tinnitus usually manifests as ringing in the ears ...Read more

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Is occasional tinnitus concerning?

Tinnitus: As long as it does not bother you too much, I am not worried. If it becomes constant and/or one-sided, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have tinnitus?

What does it mean to have tinnitus?

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 more

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Is there anything to help tinnitus?

Is there anything to help tinnitus?

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

Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Ringing In Ears (Definition)

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