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The buzzing in your ear keeps getting worse. At first, you could hardly notice it. But you’ve observed how loud and constant the tinnitus sounds have become after a full day on the job at a construction site. These sounds can take many forms, such as ringing, buzzing, or any number of noises. You’re thinking about coming in to see us, but you’re wondering: how is buzzing in the ears treated?

The management of tinnitus (that’s what that ringing is called) will differ from person to person and depend considerably on the origin of your hearing problems. But there are some common threads that can help you prepare for your own tinnitus treatment.

There are a couple of different kinds of tinnitus

Tinnitus is not unusual. There can be a number of causes for the ringing (or whatever tinnitus noises you’re hearing). That’s why tinnitus is normally divided into two categories when it comes to treatment:

  • Medical Tinnitus: Some tinnitus symptoms are caused by an underlying medical issue, such as an ear infection, excessive earwax, or a growth, among other ailments. Treating the underlying medical problem will usually be the priority of your medical professional.
  • Non-Medical Tinnitus: Tinnitus that is caused by hearing damage or hearing impairment is typically referred to as “non-medical” tinnitus. Significant, constant, and chronic tinnitus can be the outcome of hearing damage related to long term exposure to loud noise (like at your construction site). It’s usually very challenging to manage non-medical tinnitus.

The best way to manage your symptoms will be determined by the underlying cause of your hearing problem and the type of tinnitus you’re experiencing.

Treatments for medical tinnitus

Your medical tinnitus symptoms will typically improve when the underlying medical problem is addressed. Treatments for medical tinnitus may include:

  • Hydrocortisone: Not all infections can be addressed with antibiotics. Viral infections, for example, never respond to antibiotic solutions. In these cases, your doctor may prescribe hydrocortisone to help you control other symptoms.
  • Surgery: When your tinnitus is caused by a tumor or other growth, doctors could perform surgery to remove the mass that’s causing your tinnitus, especially if your symptoms are decreasing your quality of life.
  • Antibiotics: Your doctor may prescribe you with antibiotics if your tinnitus is caused by a bacterial ear infection. Once the infection goes away, it’s likely that your hearing will go back to normal.

If your tinnitus is related to a medical issue, you’ll want to contact us to receive individualized treatment options.

Non-medical tinnitus treatment options

The causes of non-medical tinnitus are frequently a lot more difficult to diagnose and manage than is typically the case with medical tinnitus. Non-medical tinnitus has no cure especially if it’s caused by hearing impairment. Treatments, instead center around alleviating symptoms and improving the quality of life.

  • Hearing aids: A hearing aid can help if your tinnitus is becoming worse as your hearing gets worse. When you have hearing loss everything outside gets quieter and that can make your tinnitus sounds seem louder. A hearing aid can help mask the sound of your tinnitus by raising the volume of everything else.
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy: In some cases, you can be trained to ignore the sounds of your tinnitus. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a widely utilized strategy designed to help you reach just that.
  • Noise-masking devices: Sometimes called “white noise machines,” these devices are made to provide enough sound to minimize your ability to hear the buzzing or ringing caused by your tinnitus. These devices can be attenuated to generate specific sounds created to offset your tinnitus symptoms.
  • Medications: Tinnitus is in some cases managed with experimental medication. As an example, tinnitus symptoms can sometimes be decreased by mixtures of anti-anxiety medication and steroids. Still, you’ll want to speak with us before making any decisions about medications.

Find what works

For the majority of us, it won’t be immediately clear what’s triggering our tinnitus, so it’s likely you’ll have to attempt multiple strategies in order to successfully treat your own hearing problems. Depending on the source of your ringing or buzzing, there may not be a cure for your tinnitus. But there are many treatments available. The trick is discovering the one that works for you.

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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.