Tinnitus is the ringing, buzzing or noise in the ear that originates from your head. It is typically an indication of an underlying issue. If you are experiencing tinnitus, it is important that you schedule an appointment with Dr. Engel so she can determine the underlying issue and treat it accordingly.
Common Causes of Tinnitus Include:
- Hearing loss
- Exposure to loud noises
- Abnormal bone growth in the ear
- Earwax buildup or blockages
- Meniere’s disease
- Benign tumor of the cranial nerve
- Head or neck injuries
- Stress and depression
Dr. Engel will first review your medical history and conduct a comprehensive examination to determine the cause of the tinnitus. The course of treatment greatly varies depending on the cause of the symptoms.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) is a common treatment that uses habituation therapy to retrain your brain into perceiving the tinnitus in a different way. In other words, TRT teaches your brain to process the noise in a way that it no longer bothers you.
Other treatments include medication, medical intervention, psychological treatment, support groups and ongoing therapies. If you are experiencing ringing, buzzing or noise in the ears, contact us today to begin the path to relief.