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Tinnitus (cont.)

How is tinnitus diagnosed?

  • The initial medical evaluation for tinnitus will include a complete history and physical examination of the head and neck including the various nerves in the area.
  • A complete hearing test (audiogram) will also be performed. Depending on the type of tinnitus, either a special audiogram known as an auditory brainstem response (ABR) or a brain scan such as a computerized tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may also be required.
  • In some cases, your blood pressure and possibly some blood tests to evaluate thyroid gland function for may be taken. In very rare instances, a spinal tap may be performed to measure the fluid pressure in the skull and spinal cord.

What is the treatment for tinnitus?

If you having ringing in your ears, you should be evaluated by a health care professional. Treatment of tinnitus depends upon the cause. Example of treatments include:

What home remedies soothe tinnitus symptoms?

Most cases of tinnitus should be evaluated by an ear, nose, and throat physician before home treatment begins to be sure that the tinnitus is not caused by another treatable problem.

Herbal home remedies (ginkgo biloba, melatonin), and the vitamin zinc are not recommended by the American Academy of Otolaryngology. Lipo-flavonoid is a supplement being marketed as a way to relieve tinnitus, but there is no current evidence it is effective for most cases of tinnitus; however, it may be helpful for symptoms of Meniere's disease. Consult your doctor before taking any herbal remedy.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/25/2015

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