I have Ringing in my ears do I have Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a symptom, where there are numerous causes. It could be caused by a variety of things from working in a loud environment, to a muscle spasm in the middle ear. Whatever the cause it could be difficult for you to deal with everyday life. The question is how do you know if you have tinnitus?

The first thing to understand is that this is a common symptom that can arise from numerous sources. There is no one place or point where you might cause these symptoms to appear. For example, if you happened to have a day where there was a lot of loud noises, you may spend a few days dealing with ringing in your ears afterwards. Usually it goes away. Individuals who work in constantly loud environments such as around machinery, in the military, near airplanes, or in closed in loud spaces can develop permanent tinnitus.

What Happens When the Ringing Doesn’t Go Away?

You have taken yourself out of the environment. You have spent days in the quiet trying to get your hearing back to normal. If it does not return to normal then where does that leave you? In some cases, you may just be able to tune it out. It is common for people to have tinnitus. In fact, 15% of the American population has some level of Tinnitus. Some people have just a little bit of a problem, it is ignored easily and they go on with their lives. Some people need to have serious help because the problem has gotten to the point that they can no longer handle the noise.

Treatment Options for tinnitus:

Treatment options are varied. There is no actual cure for this condition. In part, this is because it is a symptom and there may not be a way to solve the problem causing the Tinnitus. Treatment options range from over-the-counter medications to retraining therapy. In other cases it is actually the medications causing the symptoms. While there may be no way to cure Tinnitus, there are many ways to reduce the symptoms so that you do not have to be overwhelmed with the condition.

If you are not sure if you have Tinnitus, contact us, we are NYC’s trusted Tinnitus Specialists. Book an appointment now to find some much-needed relief.

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