Tinnitus or Ear Infection?

If you have ringing in your ears, you could have an ear infection or you could be experiencing Tinnitus. You may even be experiencing both. Tinnitus is a symptom that can be caused by an ear infection. If this is the case, how do you know if what you have is Tinnitus; something that will not go away or something you will only experience for a short time?

Similarities of Tinnitus and Ear Infection

Look at the similarities between Tinnitus and ear infections. The only commonality is that ear infections are one of the things that can actually cause Tinnitus. The ear fills up with fluid, which blocks proper hearing and often creates more of an inner ear hearing problem. The signal receptors sending sound to the brain for interpretation can be mishearing sounds due to the fluid build-up with an ear infection. The differences, however, are much greater.Ear Infection


Differences are what make it easy to diagnose whether it is Tinnitus or an ear infection. An ear infection is temporary. You receive treatment and it goes away and you end up feeling better. The ringing in your ear goes away. However, if you have Tinnitus, even if you cure the ear infection, you are going to end up keeping the noise in your ears.

There is no cure for Tinnitus, unlike an ear infection. While there are treatment options, there is no way to get rid of the sounds completely. The treatment options could be as simple as a hearing aid or they may be as complicated as regular therapy. It really depends on the severity of the condition.

TinnitusTinnitus is a condition that around 15% of American’s will have to deal with. It comes from loud jobs, such as construction or lawn work. It can come from muscle spasms; it can even be caused by anxiety and stress. If you are dealing with any of these causes, your Tinnitus could be the symptom. You do not have to suffer from your symptoms. There are treatment options available that can help reduce the symptoms you are experiencing. Do not delay if you have ringing ears. There are Tinnitus treatment options available from over-the-counter medications to implants.

If you need a good Tinnitus doctor in New York City, contact us to schedule an appointment straight away.

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