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Tinnitus Relief & Management at ExcelENT of Alabama

Tinnitus Diagnosis & Treatment in Birmingham, AL

Tinnitus, commonly referred to as ringing in the ears, is a condition characterized by the perception of sound in the absence of an external source.

At ExcelENT, our dedicated team of ear specialists offers comprehensive tinnitus services to help patients manage and alleviate the bothersome symptoms associated with this condition. We understand that tinnitus can vary in intensity and impact each individual differently. Through a thorough evaluation and personalized treatment approach, we strive to provide effective strategies for tinnitus management and improve our patient’s quality of life.

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Treatment Options to Improve Your Quality of Life

The treatment options for tinnitus vary depending on the underlying cause and individual circumstances. In cases where a specific cause can be identified, addressing the underlying condition may help alleviate the symptoms. This could involve treating earwax buildup, resolving middle ear infections, or managing certain medical conditions. However, it’s important to note that in many cases, the exact cause of tinnitus cannot be determined.

While there is no cure for tinnitus, there are various management strategies that can help individuals cope with the symptoms and improve their quality of life. These may include sound therapy, relaxation techniques, or tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT).

Tinnitus Symptoms

  • Persistent ringing, buzzing, hissing, or other sounds in the ears
  • Sensation of hearing sounds that are not present in the external environment
  • Variations in sound intensity, pitch, or frequency
  • Difficulty concentrating or focusing due to the presence of tinnitus sounds
  • Sleep disturbances or insomnia caused by the continuous perception of tinnitus
  • Emotional distress, anxiety, or irritability related to the impact of tinnitus on daily life
Frequently Asked Questions

Tinnitus FAQs

Tinnitus is the brain’s response to abnormalities along the auditory pathway, such as wax blockage, growths, or lesions. Most tinnitus occurs due to damage to the microscopic endings of the hearing nerve in the inner ear. Aging and exposure to loud noise are common factors, while other causes include allergies, blood pressure issues, tumors, diabetes, head or neck injuries, and certain medications. Consult your doctor if you take aspirin and experience tinnitus.

Subjective tinnitus refers to noise only perceivable by the individual. It can result from various causes, including temporary factors like earwax blockage or more serious conditions like otosclerosis. Allergies, blood pressure problems, tumors, diabetes, medications, and other factors can contribute to subjective tinnitus. If you take aspirin and your ears ring, talk to your doctor about the proper dosage.

To alleviate tinnitus severity, consider the following tips:

  • Avoid exposure to loud sounds and noise
  • Monitor your blood pressure
  • Limit salt intake, as it can affect blood circulation
  • Reduce consumption of stimulants like coffee, tea, cola, and tobacco
  • Engage in daily exercise to improve circulation
  • Get enough rest and avoid fatigue
  • Reframe your perception of tinnitus and try to ignore it as much as possible
  • Use maskers or sound machines for relief

The best way to learn about personalized treatment and management options for your tinnitus is to schedule an appointment with ExcelENT today.

To schedule an appointment with one of our Birmingham ENT specialists, call us at (205) 988-6858, or send us an appointment request.

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