Have you ever experienced a constant ringing in your ears? Is it something that you have been battling for ages or did you just notice it? Is it constantly bothering your or is it intermittent? All these questions your doctor will ask to get to the root cause or your ringing of ears.
Many people self diagnose this ringing or buzzing in their head as a temporary condition. In fact, it may well be short term. However, if it continues for days or weeks, or stops and then returns later on during the month, you need to have a physician check you out for other causes of the ringing of ears.
Tinnitus is not a medical disorder in and of itself. It is a symptom of another problem. Just like when you have an aching tooth. The pain in the tooth is a symptom of a real dental problem like a cavity, cracked enamel or an inflammation.
The swishing, buzzing, humming or ringing of ears means that your body is trying to deal with another problem. You may have a sinus infection. If you experienced a blow to the head, you may have a conversation. That's why you need to talk with your doctor for further evaluation of your condition.
Here are some things you can expect your doctor to ask you.
1. What do you hear and how long does it last?
2. When did it start?
3. Does it only happen when you are in a certain location?
4. Are there any other physical problems occurring like problems breathing or dizziness?
5. Did you start taking any medications that are not prescribed by your doctor (like over the counter antihistamines)?
6. Did you have a head injury, been in a car accident, or experience a fall?
7. Have you been to the dentist laTely?
8. Have you introduced any new herbs or spices into your diet? Anything different in what you eat or drink?
9. Do you work in a manufacturing job or place that has loud noises?
10.Are you a veteran of any military service.
The doctor will look at your ear canal and eardrum using an instrument with a light that is held at the external opening of the ear. You have a thorough hearing test and may even have an MRI scan. Your doctor is also trying to rule out other complications that lead to ringing of ears like a tumor, nerve damage or spinal problems.