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 My Ringing in the Ears Just a Part of Getting Older?

By    |   Monday, 22 July 2013 09:38 AM

Question: I am 69 and have had ringing in my ears for some time and have just learned to ignore it. I was told that it is just part of the aging process. Is that bad advice or is there something I should do to deal with it?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
Ringing in your ears is not normal. It should not be ignored. See your family physician for an evaluation for this. Do not self-treat this one. If an obvious correctable cause is not seen, have your physician order a hearing test (audiogram) with air and bone conduction and speech reception threshold (SRT) testing.
This simple test will determine whether further evaluation by an ear, nose, and throat specialties is warranted. Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) may be caused by exposure to noise, aging, tumors of the internal auditory canal, infections, obstructions, and disorders of the inner, middle, and external ear canals.
It may also be caused by heart-valve disorders, carotid-artery diseases, and blood circulation problems. So be sure to have your condition properly evaluated.

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