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Ringing in my ears.Also one of it aches.Inconclusive test says fluid in it.Do I need surgery?
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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Need more info
There is no surgery for tinnitus unless the tinnitus is caused by otitis media (fluid behind the ear drum).
Other than an exam under a microscope, the best way to check is with a tympanogram. The tympanogram should not be inconclusive - fluid should register as a type b. If you have a type b tympanogram with fluid behind the ear drum, then a myringtomomy may help.

In brief: Need more info
There is no surgery for tinnitus unless the tinnitus is caused by otitis media (fluid behind the ear drum).
Other than an exam under a microscope, the best way to check is with a tympanogram. The tympanogram should not be inconclusive - fluid should register as a type b. If you have a type b tympanogram with fluid behind the ear drum, then a myringtomomy may help.
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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Most likely not
Fluid is usually pretty obvious.
Drainage of fluid improves hearing and if the tinnitus is due to fluid it usually goes away. If the ear with tinnitus hasn't also lost a significant amount of hearing then fluid is unlikely.

In brief: Most likely not
Fluid is usually pretty obvious.
Drainage of fluid improves hearing and if the tinnitus is due to fluid it usually goes away. If the ear with tinnitus hasn't also lost a significant amount of hearing then fluid is unlikely.
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. David Mendelson
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Not necessarily
Not necessarily. Effusions can be treated medically and could cause ringing.
Sometimes surgery is indicated to help get rid of the effusion. A full exam with an audiogram would be indicated for further work up and appropriate diagnosis.

In brief: Not necessarily
Not necessarily. Effusions can be treated medically and could cause ringing.
Sometimes surgery is indicated to help get rid of the effusion. A full exam with an audiogram would be indicated for further work up and appropriate diagnosis.
Dr. David Mendelson
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