Tinnitus, also known as ringing in the ears, usually occurs as a mild nuisance. However, it can end up having an adverse impact on an individual’s quality of life by causing fatigue, irritability, sleep problems, and other issues. At Tustin Ear, Nose & Throat, Sinus and Allergy Center, Dr. Charles Oh offers tinnitus treatments for patients in Tustin and Los Alamitos, California.

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What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus refers to a problem with the ears, although it isn’t a condition or disease. Instead, it’s considered a sign or symptom of an underlying disease or medical condition. Tinnitus can become worse over time, especially if it’s caused by age-related hearing loss. Dr. Oh can help those who have tinnitus find relief with the right treatment, which will depend on what’s causing it.

What Causes Tinnitus?

Causes of tinnitus include damage to the inner ear, chronic conditions, damage to parts of the brain that are associated with hearing, and ear problems. Some patients develop tinnitus due to age-related hearing loss, prolonged exposure to loud noises, or changes to the ear bones. Other causes include severe earwax buildup, head injuries, Meniere’s disease, and temporomandibular joint disorder.

Tinnitus can also occur due to cardiovascular problems, such as high blood pressure or atherosclerosis. Certain medications, such as antibiotics and diuretics, can also cause tinnitus or make this symptom worse. For some patients, no cause is ever found. Dr. Oh conducts exams and tests to determine the underlying cause of tinnitus in patients.

What are the Symptoms of Tinnitus?

Tinnitus commonly causes a ringing sensation in the ears, but it can also cause other types of noises, such as buzzing or clicking. Some patients experience tinnitus as a roar or hiss in their ears. Tinnitus can cause noises that are low or high in pitch. They also vary in terms of volume. Tinnitus can affect just one ear or both ears, and it can occur on a constant basis or once in awhile.

How Does Dr. Oh Treat Tinnitus?

Treatments for tinnitus depend on the underlying cause. If a health condition, such as high blood pressure, causes tinnitus, treating the underlying condition can provide relief. Other treatment options include removing earwax, changing medications, and using noise suppression devices. These devices help mask the sounds associated with tinnitus instead of making them go away.

Noise suppression options include white noise machines, hearing aids, masking devices, and retraining with a wearable device that helps patients get used to tinnitus sounds. Dr. Oh comes up with a treatment plan for tinnitus based on the underlying cause and other factors, such as a patient’s lifestyle.

To learn more about tinnitus, please contact Tustin Ear, Nose & Throat, Sinus and Allergy Center to schedule an appointment with Dr. Oh.