Understanding tinnitus

When it comes to the ears, nose, and throat, professionals such as those at The ENT and Allergy Centers of Texas have seen a wide range of conditions that can impact an individual. One condition that can be bothersome to a patient is that of tinnitus.

What is tinnitus?

The team at The ENT and Allergy Centers of Texas describe tinnitus as a condition that can cause intermittent or continuous sound in one or both ears, often a squeal or whine that does not come from an external source. Before considering any type of treatment, it is best to undergo a proper evaluation with an audiologist and otolaryngologist to get a definitive diagnosis and better understanding of the condition itself.

What causes tinnitus?

Tinnitus itself is not a disease, but rather a symptom that occurs due to situations that impact the inner ear. Tinnitus is subjective because it is only heard by the individual. Rarely can the condition be heard by a professional through an ear tube or stethoscope, in which the condition is considered more objective.

Common causes of tinnitus include:

  • Excessive ear wax buildup, especially if it is touching the ear drum
  • Pressure against the ear drum
  • Loose hair in the ear canal touching the ear drum
  • Middle ear infections
  • Excess buildup of bony tissue that can cause otosclerosis
  • Muscle spasms of muscles around the middle ear bones
  • Damage/loss of sensory hair cells in the inner ear
  • Excessive noise exposure/poor hearing protection in noisy environments
  • Certain medications such as aspirin that can contribute to tinnitus and hearing loss
  • Increasing age
  • Development of benign tumors in the ear canal
  • Lesions in the auditory cortex caused by traumatic injuries
  • Increased levels of stress and fatigue

How is tinnitus treated?

Many cases of tinnitus cannot be treated, though there are solutions that can help, including:

  • Cognitive therapy
  • Drug therapy
  • Sound therapy (TRT)
  • Mindful meditation
  • Hearing aids
  • Cochlear implants
  • Electric stimulation
  • TMJ treatment

Discuss the benefits of diagnosis and treatment of tinnitus with our practice

At The ENT and Allergy Centers of Texas, we are committed to helping patients achieve good health and wellness when it comes to the ears, nose, and throat. If you are worried that you are experiencing tinnitus and want to speak to a professional about treatment options or management, call our team at (972) 984-1050 to schedule an appointment at one of our several office locations throughout McKinney, Plano, Allen, and Celina, Texas.

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5220 W University Dr Professional Bldg 2 #150
McKinney, TX 75071 | Directions
Allen Location
1111 Raintree Circle Suite 280
Allen, TX 75013 | Directions
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4001 W 15th St. Suite 225
Plano, TX 75093 | Directions
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1060 S Preston Rd Suite 106
Celina, TX 75009 | Directions

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