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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.

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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 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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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Bilateral pulsatile tinnitus for a few months. Ears are fine, hearing test good. Scared something is really wrong. Could this just be a benign cause?

Bilateral pulsatile tinnitus for a few months. Ears are fine, hearing test good. Scared something is really wrong. Could this just be a benign cause?

Likely benign: You are likely aware of carotid artery pulsations and NOT a reason to be concerned but discuss further with your doctor if this continues to worry you

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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).

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How to know if I have tinnitus?

Ringing: tinnitus usually manifests as ringing in the ears

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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