Tinnitus evaluation and management
Many people suffer from tinnitus; a condition also called “ringing in the ears.” This hearing problem is common and irreversible, but treatments have become available over the last few years to mitigate the symptoms. The whooshing, buzzing or whistling noise in the ears is the hallmark symptom of tinnitus. An initial test for the condition includes checking the head and neck for injury, checking tympanometry or reaction of the eardrum, and testing the auditory nerve.
Most tinnitus is accompanied by hearing loss as people age. The treatment choices include noise masking using sound machines, music or television, as well as hearing aids that emit a low level of countering noise with a masking feature. Social and psychological counseling is also recommended to teach the brain to ignore or hear tinnitus as background noise; and other training exercises.