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

The ringing in your ear keeps getting worse. It began quietly enough, one of those “is it really there” kind of situations. But after spending all day at the construction site (for work), you’ve noticed just how loud (and how relentless) that buzzing has become. Sometimes, it sounds like ringing or other noises. You’re considering coming in to see us, but you’re not sure: how is ringing in the ears treated?

The origin of your tinnitus symptoms will greatly establish what treatment will be most suitable for you. But your own tinnitus treatment will share some common threads with others that can help you get prepared.

There are a couple of different kinds of tinnitus

Tinnitus is extremely common. There can be numerous causes for the ringing (or whatever tinnitus sounds you’re hearing). That’s why tinnitus is often divided into two categories when it comes to treatment:

  • Medical Tinnitus: Some tinnitus symptoms are caused by an inherent medical problem, like an ear infection, excessive earwax, or a growth, among other conditions. Medical providers will typically attempt to treat the root problem as their main priority.
  • Non-Medical Tinnitus: “Non-medical” nomenclature is usually saved for tinnitus caused by damaged hearing or hearing loss. As time passes, exposure to damaging noise (like the noise at your construction site) can cause persistent, significant, and chronic tinnitus. Non-medical tinnitus is usually more difficult to manage.

The best way to manage your symptoms will be determined by the root cause of your hearing problem and the type of tinnitus you have.

Treating medical tinnitus

If your tinnitus is related to an underlying medical ailment, it’s likely that treating your initial illness or disorder will alleviate the ringing in your ears. Here are some treatments for medical tinnitus:

  • Surgery: Doctors might decide to do surgery to get rid of any tumor or growth that might be causing your tinnitus symptoms.
  • Antibiotics: Your doctor may prescribe you with antibiotics if your tinnitus is caused by a bacterial ear infection. Once the infection clears up, it’s likely that your hearing will return to normal.
  • Hydrocortisone: Not all infections can be addressed with antibiotics. Viral infections, for example, never respond to antibiotic treatments. Hydrocortisone may be prescribed in these situations to treat other symptoms.

You’ll want to make an appointment to come see us so we personalize a tinnitus treatment plan, especially if you’re coping with medical tinnitus.

Treatments for non-medical tinnitus

Typically, medical tinnitus is a lot easier to diagnose and manage than non-medical tinnitus. Non-medical tinnitus has no cure especially if it’s caused by hearing loss. Treatments, instead focus on relieving symptoms and improving the quality of life.

  • Noise-masking devices: Often called “white noise machines,” these devices are designed to supply enough sound to decrease your ability to hear the buzzing or ringing due to your tinnitus. These devices can be calibrated to generate certain sounds designed to balance out your tinnitus symptoms.
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy: You can obtain training that will help you learn to ignore your tinnitus sounds. This frequently used method has helped lots of individuals do just that.
  • Medications: Tinnitus is in some cases managed with experimental medication. 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.
  • Hearing aids: A hearing aid can help if your tinnitus is getting worse as your hearing worsens. The tinnitus symptoms probably seem louder because everything else gets quieter (due to hearing loss). When you use a hearing aid it boosts the volume of the outside world making your tinnitus noises seem quieter.

Find what works

In order to successfully treat your hearing issues you will probably need to explore several approaches as the exact cause of your tinnitus most likely won’t be obvious. Depending on the source of your buzzing or ringing, there might not be a cure for your tinnitus. But numerous different treatments are available that could lessen the symptoms. Finding the right one for you is the trick.

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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.