Learn about the disease, illness and/or condition Clicking in the Ear (Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears)) including: symptoms, causes, treatments, contraindications and conditions at ClusterMed.info.
Clicking in the Ear (Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears))
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Clicking in the Ear (Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears)) Information
Can tinnitus be prevented?
Repeated loud noise exposure can be a cause of tinnitus as well as hearing loss. Loud music may cause short term symptoms, but repeated occupational exposure (for example, musicians, factory and construction workers) requires less intense sound levels to cause potential hearing damage leading to tinnitus. Minimizing sound exposure, therefore, decreases the risk of developing tinnitus. Sound protection equipment, like acoustic ear-muffs, may be appropriate at work and at home when exposed to loud noises.A variety of medications may be ototoxic (damage the ear) and cause tinnitus. If tinnitus develops while you are taking a medication, stop the medication and discuss other options with your health-care professional.
Does acupuncture treat tinnitus symptoms?
While scientific research has not shown the benefit of acupuncture in the treatment of tinnitus, there may be a significant positive placebo effect.
How is tinnitus diagnosed?
The patient's history and description of symptoms is the key in determining what might be causing tinnitus. The health-care professional may ask questions in regard to the quality of the abnormal sound, and whether it is constantly present or whether if it comes and goes. Other questions may include the following:
Is there surgery to cure tinnitus?
Surgery may be a cure for certain people who have:
What are the symptoms of tinnitus?
What are the treatments for tinnitus?
What causes tinnitus?
What does the anatomy of the ear look like?
Picture of the Ear Anatomy
What home remedies soothe tinnitus symptoms?
The following home remedies may be of benefit to some individuals with tinnitus.
What is retraining therapy and relief therapy?
There are some behavioral and cognitive therapies that have been successful in treating tinnitus. Seeking out a multidisciplinary program at a medical center that specializes in tinnitus may improve treatment success.Tinnitus retraining therapy is a form of treatment that tries to retrain the nerve pathways associated with hearing that may allow the brain to get used to the abnormal sounds. Habituation allows the brain to ignore the tinnitus noise signal, and it allows the person to become unaware that it is present unless they specifically concentrate on the noise. This treatment involves counseling and wearing a sound generator. Audiologists and otolaryngologists often work together in offering this treatment.In addition to tinnitus retraining therapy, other treatments exist which attempt to relieve tinnitus such as relief therapy, and each affected individual may benefit differently depending upon the cause of the tinnitus and their response to treatment. Some other treatment options include the following:
What kind of doctor treats tinnitus?
Often tinnitus can be evaluated by a primary-care doctor or internist, but if consultation is needed, an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat doctor) is the specialist that evaluates and cares for people with tinnitus. Audiologists are trained to perform hearing tests and assessments.
What medications treat tinnitus?
What's being done in research on tinnitus treatments?
Tinnitus remains a symptom that affects the lives of millions of people. Research is directed not only at its treatment, but also at understanding why it occurs. Research by doctors at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Dalhousie University (Canada), and Southeast China University have published research using electrophysiology and functional MRI to better understand what parts of the brain are involved in hearing and the production of tinnitus. Their research has found that much larger areas of the brain are involved with the process of hearing than previously believed, which may help direct future diagnostic and therapeutic options.
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