Tinnitus

Below you will find more information about Tinnitus from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Tinnitus it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Tinnitus and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Tinnitus comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the human ear even without any corresponding external sound(s).

Diagnosis

The doctor may examine the ears to see if an accumulation of earwax may be causing or contributing to the ringing in the ears.

Treatment

If the ringing in the ears is due to age-related hearing loss or damage to the ears by exposure to excessive noise, no treatment can reduce the noise.

Symptoms and Signs

Tinnitus involves the annoying sensation of hearing sounds in the ear when no external sound is present. Signs and symptoms may include noise in the ear, such as ringing, buzzing, roaring, whistling or hissing; and hearing loss.

Causes

Tinnitus can have many different causes, but most commonly stems from otologic disorders - the same conditions that cause hearing loss. The most common cause is noise-induced hearing loss, due to exposure to excessive or loud noises. But tinnitus, together with sudden onset hearing loss, may have no obvious external cause. Ototoxic drugs can cause tinnitus either secondary to hearing loss or without hearing loss, and may raise the damage done by exposure to loud noise, even at doses that are not in themselves ototoxic

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