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Woman suffering with tinnitus and grimacing laying down in bed pressing a gray pillow to her ears.

The ringing in your ear keeps worsening. At first, you could hardly hear it. But you’ve observed how loud and persistent the tinnitus noises have become after an entire day on the job at a construction site. Sometimes, it sounds like ringing or other noises. You don’t know if you should come in and see us or how ringing in your ears could even be managed.

The treatment of tinnitus (that’s what that ringing is called) will vary from person to person and depend substantially on the source of your hearing problems. But your own tinnitus treatment will share some common threads with others that can help you get ready.

There are a couple of different types of tinnitus

Tinnitus is very common. The buzzing or ringing (or any number of noises) in your ear can be caused by a number of root issues. So when it comes to treatment, tinnitus is often divided into one of two categories:

  • Medical Tinnitus: Underlying medical problems, including ear infections, excessive earwax, a growth, or other medical problems, can be the cause of tinnitus. Dealing with the underlying medical issue will normally be the priority of your medical professional.
  • Non-Medical Tinnitus: “Non-medical” nomenclature is generally saved for tinnitus caused by hearing damage or hearing loss. Severe, constant, and chronic tinnitus can be the outcome of hearing damage caused by long term exposure to loud noise (like at your construction site). It’s normally very challenging to treat non-medical tinnitus.

The kind of tinnitus you have, and the underlying cause of the hearing affliction, will determine the best ways to treat those symptoms.

Treating medical tinnitus

Your medical tinnitus symptoms will usually go away when the root medical problem is treated. Here are a few treatments for medical tinnitus:

  • Hydrocortisone: Some types of infections will not respond to antibiotics. Viral infections, for example, never respond to antibiotic treatments. In these situations, your doctor might prescribe hydrocortisone to help you control other symptoms.
  • Antibiotics: Your doctor may prescribe you with antibiotics if your tinnitus is caused by a bacterial ear infection. Your tinnitus symptoms will most likely go away when the infection clears.
  • Surgery: When your tinnitus is related to a tumor or other growth, doctors may do surgery to remove the mass that’s causing your tinnitus, particularly if your symptoms are diminishing your quality of life.

If your tinnitus is caused by a medical problem, you’ll want to contact us to receive personalized treatment options.

Managing non-medical tinnitus

Typically, medical tinnitus is much easier to diagnose and manage than non-medical tinnitus. Non-medical tinnitus has no cure particularly if it’s caused by hearing impairment. Instead, treatment to enhance quality of life by relieving symptoms is the normal course of action.

  • Noise-masking devices: These devices mask your tinnitus noises by generating enough white noise to allow the buzzing or ringing to fade into the background. These devices can be attenuated to generate certain sounds created to balance out your tinnitus symptoms.
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy: You can obtain training that will help you learn to disregard your tinnitus sounds. This frequently used strategy has helped lots of people do just that.
  • Hearing aids: If your tinnitus becomes more dominant as your hearing diminishes, a hearing aid could help you manage the symptoms of both conditions. When you have hearing impairment everything externally becomes quieter and that can make your tinnitus noises seem louder. A hearing aid can help hide the sound of your tinnitus by raising the volume of everything else.
  • Medications: There are some experimental medications available for dealing with tinnitus. For example, steroids and anti-anxiety medication mixtures can sometimes help reduce tinnitus symptoms. But before you make any decisions, you’ll want to talk to us.

Find what works

In order to effectively treat your hearing problems you will most likely need to explore several strategies as the exact cause of your tinnitus most likely won’t be obvious. In most situations, tinnitus can’t be cured. But there are many treatments available. The trick is finding the one that works for you.

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The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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