Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, refers to the perception of sound when no external sound is present. It may be a temporary or chronic condition. The sudden and persistent onset of tinnitus in one ear may be a sign of sudden hearing loss and should be assessed with a hearing test within 48 hours.
- Hearing phantom noises (ringing, hissing, whistling, etc.)
- Can vary in pitch
- Can be sporadic or continuous
Diagnosis and Treatment
While no medical intervention can cure tinnitus at this time, tinnitus may be associated with a treatable condition such as hearing loss or other problems in the heart and blood vessels, jaws and neck.
Treating the underlying cause may diminish the perception of tinnitus. It is therefore important to see a specialist to determine the cause of the ringing. Our audiologists can use an audiogram to determine if there is hearing loss associated with the tinnitus.
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Our Hearing and Balanceteam is comprised of some of the world’s finest ear surgeons, skull base surgeons, balance disorder specialists and audiologists.
Did you know?
In partnership with the Lauer family, Mass Eye and Ear launched the Lauer Tinnitus Research Center in 2015 with the goal of advancing research to better understand and treat the debilitating condition of tinnitus.
Tinnitus is a symptom afflicting more than 50 million Americans.
Tinnitus can be high- or low-pitched and can manifest many different perceptions of sound including ringing, buzzing, hissing, whistling, swooshing and clicking.