Tinnitus Specialist

MN Ear & Sinus Center -  - ENT Physician and Surgeon

MN Ear & Sinus Center

ENT Physician and Surgeons & Audiologists located in Blaine, MN

If you experience tinnitus, or a ringing in your ears, it likely means the structures in your ears have changed. The specialists at MN Ear & Sinus Center (ear, nose, and throat) investigate the cause of your tinnitus so that they can fix it. Their skilled team can address tinnitus with hearing aids, medication, or other therapies. If you have tinnitus and live in or around Blaine, Minnesota, call the office or book online today.

Tinnitus Q & A

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is an auditory condition that causes you to hear ringing, humming, clicking, or other noises in your ears when no external stimuli are present. Some men, women, and children experience ongoing (chronic) tinnitus, whereas others perceive the noise on occasion (acute).

Most forms of tinnitus are subjective, meaning that you hear noises others can’t. On rare occasions, others can hear the same noises that you can hear, which is called objective tinnitus. Objective tinnitus is usually due to a vascular or somatic condition.

What causes tinnitus?

Tinnitus is usually a symptom of a condition, and it is not a disease in and of itself. Some underlying issues that lead to tinnitus include:

  • Otosclerosis, which causes bones in the middle ear to harden
  • Middle ear infections
  • Tumors
  • Muscle spasms
  • Cell damage to the tiny hairs in the inner ear
  • Exposure to loud noises
  • Earwax buildup

Head or neck injuries can also affect the inner ear or the brain’s auditory sensors, leading to tinnitus. Any condition that changes the way the ear transmits sound may cause you to hear ringing.

When should I see a doctor about tinnitus?

When tinnitus bothers you, make an appointment with an MN Ear & Sinus Center specialist to help you discover the cause and develop a treatment plan. Treatment for tinnitus involves managing the underlying condition or reducing the sounds.

If vertigo or an upper respiratory infection accompanies your tinnitus, check in with the health professionals at MN Ear & Sinus Center. You should also make an appointment as soon as possible if your tinnitus sounds like your heartbeat, as this symptom can be a sign of a vascular problem.

What treatment options do you offer for tinnitus?

If your provider identifies a health condition that’s possibly contributing to your tinnitus, they can treat that condition first. Treatment options for tinnitus include:

  • Earwax removal
  • Hearing aids
  • White noise machines to mask sounds
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Antianxiety, antidepressant, or other medication
  • Cognitive therapy and mindfulness meditation

If you hear ringing in your ears, schedule an evaluation at MN Ear & Sinus Center over the phone or use the online booking tool today.