Tinnitus is a constant or intermittent ringing, buzzing, or similar noise in the ear. Sometimes refereed to as head noises,  approximately 36 million Americans suffer from this discomfort. For more than 7 million people, it is severe enough that they cannot lead normal lives.

This page is meant to help patients in the Woodstock, Georgia area with the questions they may have about the condition such as:

  • The Causes of Tinnitus
  • Possible Treatments for Tinnitus
  • Strategies for Coping with Tinnitus¬†

Tinnitus Frequently Asked Questions

Can other people hear the noise in my ears?

Sometimes, but it’s rare. When others are able to hear it, it is called “objective tinnitus.” When only you can hear it, it is called “subjective tinnitus.”

What causes tinnitus?

Objective tinnitus is usually caused by either abnormalities in blood vessels around the outside of the ear or by muscle spasms, which may sound like clicks or crackling inside the middle ear.

Subjective tinnitus has many possible causes including:

  • Damage to the microscopic endings of the hearing nerve in the inner ear
  • Ear wax in the ear canal
  • Stiffening of the middle ear bones (otosclerosis)
  • Allergies
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Tumor
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid problems
  • Injury to the head or neck
  • Medications (anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, sedatives, antidepressants, and aspirin)
What are the Treatments for Tinnitus?

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