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Tinnitus Specialist

Cedar Crest ENT Associates

Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists & A Private Medical Practice located in Allentown, PA

Tinnitus — a continual or recurring noise in your ears — can have a serious effect on your well-being, even if there's no underlying cause. If you're affected by tinnitus, Theodore Gaylor, MD, and Mikhail Domnine, PA-C, at Cedar Crest ENT Associates in Allentown, Pennsylvania, can help. They can identify what's triggering your condition and find the most effective solutions to the irritation it causes. For relief from tinnitus, call Cedar Crest ENT Associates or book an appointment online today.

Tinnitus Q & A

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a persistent, irritating sound that you hear constantly or repeatedly. The sounds take numerous forms and may be at a low or high pitch. Ringing in the ears is the most common sound heard when you have tinnitus, but you could also experience:

  • Humming
  • Buzzing
  • Chirping
  • Whistling
  • Hissing
  • Crackling
  • Thumping

The sounds you hear when you have tinnitus aren't coming from your environment but from inside your head. They're a symptom of a problem either with your brain or with your ears.

Some common causes of tinnitus include trauma from a blow, fall, or collision, exposure to continuous loud noise at work — for example, using heavy machinery — and listening to excessively loud music. Recurrent untreated ear infections can also cause tinnitus.

Are there different types of tinnitus?

There are several types of tinnitus:

Subjective tinnitus

Subjective tinnitus means you can hear sounds, but those around you can't.

Objective tinnitus

With objective tinnitus, your provider at Cedar Crest ENT Associates can hear the noise as you do if they listen closely.

Pulsatile tinnitus

Pulsatile tinnitus is a form of the condition that makes you hear a clicking noise that pulses to match your heartbeat.

The sounds you hear, and their frequency and intensity, are unique to you.

How is tinnitus diagnosed?

To diagnose your tinnitus, the team at Cedar Crest ENT Associates first performs a physical examination of your head and ears to look for signs of injuries or other abnormalities. They might also perform an audiogram (hearing test).

A CT or MRI scan might be advisable as well to identify any underlying causes. It's important to be sure there's no structural problem or disease that's responsible for your symptoms before treating your tinnitus.

What treatments are available for tinnitus?

The treatment your provider at Cedar Crest ENT Associates recommends for your tinnitus depends on the cause. If you have an injury or infection, the tinnitus might resolve when the affected tissues heal. Possible therapies for persistent tinnitus include:

  • Prescription medications
  • Stress management
  • Biofeedback
  • Avoiding caffeine and aspirin

White noise from a fan or humidifier can help by distracting you from the noise in your ears. You can also get white noise apps for use on electronic devices.

If you have tinnitus and are finding it hard to manage, call the caring team at Cedar Crest ENT Associates and schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.