Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Is There a Cure for Tinnitus?

Tuesday, 03 Apr 2012 09:41 AM

Question: I’ve had ringing in my ears since I was a child. I believe this is tinnitus. Are there any treatments for this?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Although bothersome, tinnitus usually isn't a sign of something serious. Although it can worsen with age, for many people, tinnitus can improve with treatment. Treating an identified underlying cause sometimes helps. Other treatments reduce or mask the noise, making tinnitus less noticeable. If tinnitus is due to a health condition, your doctor may be able to take steps that could reduce the noise, such as earwax removal. Removing impacted earwax can decrease tinnitus symptoms, treating an underlying vascular conditions may require medication, surgery or another treatment to address the problem, or changing your medication. If a medication you're taking appears to be the cause of tinnitus, your doctor may recommend stopping or reducing the drug, or switching to a different medication. Electronic devices to suppress the noise in your ears are now available, such as white noise machines, masking devices that mask specific frequencies so you don’t hear them. Discuss this with your doctor during your next scheduled visit.

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